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Song You Need to Know: Isla Noon, ‘I Need to Go Home’

“The track speaks to a time where I had no choice but to listen to that inner voice – even if it meant leaving on my own,” explains Isla Noon.


It’s been just a few months since New Zealand’s own Isla Noon shared her latest track by way of “Talk About Us”, but the wait has been more than worth it, with new single “I Need to Go Home” arriving today.

A glistening piece of dance-pop perfection, “I Need to Go Home” can easily go toe-to-toe with some of the genre’s iconic names, though Noon undoubtedly has a leg-up thanks to her immersive lyrical skills. An almost anthemic work that perfectly sums up that feeling of being totally preoccupied with leaving a night out, “I Need to Go Home” is just further proof that Isla Noon is a name you’ll be hearing plenty more of in the future.

“The song tells the story of a night out where the illusion of a grand ideal is shattered; that moment you sober up to see a girl crying into her drink, the spilled wine all over the floor drying to a sticky sheen and a few lonely souls looking for connection on a dancefloor,” Noon explains.

“More than anything, it’s a metaphor for confronting times in my life where I’ve pulled back the veneer on things I was taught to accept or expected to enjoy. The track speaks to a time where I had no choice but to listen to that inner voice – even if it meant leaving on my own.”

Officially released today, the track also comes accompanied by a stunning visual which sees Swap Gomez and Oshara Ardelean from Umbrella Creative directing an artistic reflection of the inner turmoil that Noon faces during the track, with the worlds of darkness and light representing past and future, respectively.

“The clip flashes between two contrasting locations, one being a night-time cityscape with rich colours and full body performance,” she explains. “The other location symbolises ‘home’, a place to which I have retreated and can move slowly and contemplatively through.

“This place is new to me, and I’ve had to face up to some difficult truths to get there. I wanted to capture the symbolic nature of the song, in that ‘home’ wasn’t so much a physical location but rather a more honest relationship with myself, one in which I didn’t ignore that nagging gut feeling that lets me know when a situation isn’t right for me.”

Isla Noon’s “I Need to Go Home” is out today via Big Pop Records.