John Fryer returned to the record and release scene after a brief moment away. Black Needle Noise released a new song featuring Tara Busch called “Under My Skin,” and its typical Fryer. Tara Busch of I Speak Machine joins Black Needle Noise this time for their third studio album.
Fryer is known for his inventive collaborations. He made his name working with groups like This Mortal Coil, Depeche Mode and The Wolfgang Press, but Fryer has spent an increasing amount of his time on his own projects. His current project, Black Needle Noice, is a format in which Fryer can collaborate with different vocalists. He publishes each track as soon as he completes it. Fryer runs the project in a very free-form manner, “There are no rules for Black Needle Noise.” He argues that each song on his albums fit together as an album but stand alone as compelling individual songs. He likes Black Needle Noise because it’s his own and he doesn’t have to fit his sound into somebody else’s box.
Fryer also works on two other projects, MURICIDAE and SILVER GHOST SHIMMER, but says he’s put out music under four different names in the last five years. He keeps all of his projects separated. While Black Needle Noise is freeform—anything goes—the other ones all have an idea behind them that Fryer needs to stick to. That is what separates the older projects from themselves and from this newer project.
The song itself is a haunting high pitched jaunt through a wood of low and high synthetic noises. The beat and backing noises evoke something out of a video game or title scene from a James Bond movie. It’s good, check it out below.