Premiere: Triumphant & Commanding Alt-Pop from Isla Noon
The Aotearoa / New Zealand-based artist on the rise makes a statement with her first single of the year ‘Body’ - take a listen a few days ahead of release
After making waves with a pair of singles last year, Isla Noon is back to make her mark on 2023 with the big & bold new single of electronic-tinged alt-pop that is Body, out September 22 but premiering on Pilerats today!
Balancing mellow verses with overblown choruses, Body strikes a satisfying balance between laidback drums and lush synths with big, overblown arrangements, all the while keeping Noon’s ethereal vocals at the forefront, resulting in an addictive and engaging cut.
Regarding the creation and meaning of Body, Isla explains “It was when I brought the song in to produce with Maude Morris that we realised we needed to embrace the chaos. We pushed the dynamics to the limit when it became clear that the song wanted to take up a lot of space - and so we let it. Growing up, it was always very important to me to be recognised for my ideas, for my creative work, for what I had to say. As I grew into a young woman, I became uncomfortable with the sense that my physical form was preceding those things, that the way I was perceived and treated seemed to hinge on how I looked, dressed, and carried my body. At times, this body felt like a risky vehicle to be in. From such an early age we are flooded with input and commentary on what is and isn’t ok about our bodies. It’s such an overwhelming intrusion on what is really a private relationship. Writing Body was a step toward excavating some of that unwelcome noise from my own mind and extending a quiet peace offering to myself. I think of Body as reclamation of self. I put it forward in all its messy self-contradiction and intensity, in all its cautious intimacy, in all its strength and light.”
Isla Noon's new single Body is out September 22