Premiere: Noah Dillon battles anxiety and ego in the clip for Sunburnt In July
Despite everything the world's thrown at him in the last six months, Noah Dillon isn't letting anything slow him down.
Header image by Annie Harvey.
The last six months have been a chaotic time, even just generally-speaking. In music, however, it's been a moment of turbulence incomparable to anything else that's ever happened, whether it be in live shows being all-but-removed entirely, release schedules being moved back and forth, or changing habits of people engaging with music, either diving further into music as a form of escapism or removing themselves from music because they just feel drained and overwhelmed.
As a result, many artists have seemingly chosen the time to slow down a bit, taking advantage of the time off the road as they much as they can to record new music, and so on. For Fremantle's Noah Dillon, however, everything's that happened came right as an exponential rise began to make itself known, with his Everything Melts EP pushing him further into the spotlight (and nationally, too). He hasn't taken the opportunity to slow down since, instead doubling down on his output and sharing two brilliant singles throughout the year thus far: Matthew McConaughey, which he teased through his PileTV #LiveSessions show a while back, and Sunburnt in July.
They're a two-for-two pairing that really showcase Noah Dillon at his brilliant peak, capturing the Fremantle musician's songwriting skills and his ability to pair fun, jangly indie-pop with lyricism exploring the depths of mental health and emotional processing (and realms beyond that, too). On Sunburnt In July, for example, he uses a story of heatstroke on a 20-degree day to talk about how "my general tendency to overthink situations can often end up with me not partaking in the situation," although you probably couldn't tell that by the single's bright, wind-swept melodies.
Today, we're premiering the single's official video clip, which leans a little heavier into this underpinning, personal exploration for Noah Dillon and goes a little deeper into the feelings of anxiety (and more) that seemingly fuels that tendency to overthink. Directed by Daniel Hildebrand (who we'd agree with Noah in being brilliant), the video is a little bit wild and wacky, once again capturing that contrast between Dillon's characteristically charming edge - I mean, who else with get milk poured over their hair and eggs smashed on their head within the same few hours - and the emotions that underpin what he does, and how he does it.
"The video clip for Sunburnt In July is a visual representation of the constant internal battle we face with pressure, anxiety and ego," Noah says on the video clip. "The song lyrically looks at these places and pressures in my mind and through-out the video are represented through the anonymity of the balaclava people. It is also representative of how society can often fail to help people through these internal battles, instead capitalising on the misfortune of others showen by the grandma laughing maniacally at the expense of this person (me) having the worst day ever. Overall I hope it’s a weird and wild adventure into the soundscape and lyrical meaning behind the song."
It certainly is weird and wild, and it does really showcase the lyrical meaning behind the song in a quirky way that makes it quite an enjoyable and fun watch, and you can take a dive into it below as the video for Sunburnt In July premieres on Pilerats now:
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