Meanjin based project Noir et Blanc arose in early 2020 with the EP [indistinct chatter]. The initial body of work offers raw minimalist piano compositions as insisted by the name Noir et Blanc; French for "black and white".
The project was formed by composer and producer Amber Ramsay, setting out to fuse the relationship of music in film with neoclassical arrangements for the modern day listener. Aesthetic tropes and sonic imagery deliver this combination in a very simple form. Indulging further into this theme the debut album Wallflower Pedestrian (2022) is an instrumentally narrated and conceptual journey of expansive yet meditative material.
2023's sophomore album ROUGE pushes the limits of motif variation and repetition, continuing the visual narration structure of its predecessor, with a slight shift in focus to introspection and inner emotions. The tonally simplified arrangements developed around themes of what we commonly associate with the colour red, such as romance, anger, anatomy, boldness, rarity in nature, strength and beauty.