Jim Noir is the stage name of Alan Roberts, an English singer-songwriter from Davyhulme, Manchester. Noir's stage moniker is in homage to Vic Reeves, whose real name is Jim Moir. His name was also inspired by the lead singer of his favorite band, The Doors, and his favorite color. He has released two albums to date, 2005's Tower of Love and 2008's self titled LP. Tower of Love and all of the preceding EPs were self-recorded at Noir's parents' home in the suburb of Davyhulme in Manchester. He has described himself as the 'Supermarket Frank Zappa'.
Noir's music has been described as psychedelic pop electronica with simplistic, often repetitive lyrics and compared to The Beach Boys, Super Furry Animals, The Beta Band, The Bees and fellow Mancunian Badly Drawn Boy. He is also known for a slightly eccentric dress sense, frequently appearing in a bowler hat. Noir is a multi-instrumentalist, playing all the instruments on his work. However, he uses a band at performances.
He played at the 2006 and 2008 South by Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas and is currently signed to Seattle-based indie label Barsuk Records in the States, and Manchester label My Dad Recordings in the UK.
Noir released the single "My Patch" in the UK on May 1, 2006.
Jim Noir's second album, Jim Noir was released on April 14, 2008, and Noir announced via MySpace blog that his currently unnamed third album was complete as of March 14, 2009.
On November 17, 2010, Jim Noir released a new six-track EP titled Zooper Dooper.