A week before the release of his debut album, Belgian-American musician Noah Sacré — also known as Speelburg — lounged on the couch during a Zoom meeting with The Phoenix as the golden afternoon sunlight poured into his Brighton, England apartment.
Though he admitted the looming release date had him both excited and terrified, Sacré didn’t act too worried about it. He did all he could. Like looking too long in a magnifying mirror, poring over the album, titled “Porsche,” at this point would only make him overthink it. Staring the Oct. 2 release in the face, Sacré said he feels content with the album’s 11 songs written over the past two years.
“I’ve had it done for so long,” he said. “I’ve listened to it a ton of times. I don’t think there’s anything I can change on it. And I was telling someone yesterday, that doesn’t mean that it’s a perfect album. … I think it’s just the best that it could have been.”
For Sacré, “Porsche“ is more about the memories it brings and the people it includes rather than trying to sell out arenas. He compared the record to an old tattoo that has lost its original meaning but stays significant through attached memories. The album is infused with moments and connections — family and friends, international traveling and his relationship with his mother who passed away in recent years.
“It’s just a bunch of really fun memories for me,” he said. “I’ve sampled a lot of tapes from when I grew up … a lot of it is baked in nostalgia.”
Growing up in Brighton, Los Angeles and southern France, Sacré was exposed to a wide variety of music through his parents and local music scenes. He was raised on the Grateful Dead and Joni Mitchell, later dipping into French metal and ska when he played in a high school metal band. After pursuing a number of musical ventures, Sacré’s decision to go solo coincided with the natural end of his friends’ college band around two years ago.
As a solo artist, Sacré said he enjoys focusing time and energy on himself, frequently trying out new ideas while creating his own music. Even though “Porsche“ has a core indie and alt-pop sound, Sacré doesn’t consider himself tied down to any single genre.
With extra down time during the pandemic he experimented with different musical styles, finished up a second album and directed music videos on a budget — featuring friends and cheap costumes bought on Amazon.
“I get bored of sticking to one thing,” he said, then laughed. “That sounds like a very pretentious artsy thing to say, but I think it kind of rings true … and I think that’s a good thing.”
With the release of his first album, Sacré doesn’t expect any dramatic flood of popularity. He sees the album as a small drop in a big ocean of so much new music constantly being released.
“It’s just me,” he said.
More than anything, Sacré said he is excited to have “Porsche” out in the digital world for people to listen to, and hopefully form connections with.
“People could choose to listen to anything. And the fact that they chose to even listen to it is cool enough, man,” he said. “What a cool honor it is.”
“Porsche“ by Speelburg will be available for streaming on all platforms Oct. 2.