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Song You Need to Know: NEAV, ‘Talking to The Devil’

“Talking to The Devil” may only be the second single from NEAV, but the award-winning songwriter is already on track for a stellar career.

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Central Coast singer/songwriter NEAV has unveiled her latest stellar effort, sharing the dark and brooding “Talking to The Devil” today.

The musical moniker of 17-year-old Niamh Watson, NEAV may have only unveiled her debut single back in July, but she comes well-endorsed by the music scene at large. Already a prolific songwriter, she took out the top prize in the Pop/Contemporary category at The Australian Songwriting Awards 2020 and also nabbed a nomination for the APRA AMCOS/ASA Songwriter of the Year. Needless to say, NEAV comes highly-recommended by her peers and the industry as a whole.

Now, she continues her musical journey by way of latest single “Talking to The Devil”, a dark piece of brooding electronic pop which sees NEAV sharing powerful vocals across a luscious instrumental bed, recounting her emotions as she relays the story of her journey to reclaim power over a toxic influence.

“‘Talking to the Devil’ is about the hardship faced when someone attempts to constrict the growth of love and relationships for jealous means,” NEAV explains. “The song explores the situation from the perspective of the victim and expresses the strength you can gain from maintaining the moral high ground and not falling to the perpetrator’s level.”

Produced and mixed by Jesse Deskovic (King Princess, Thelma Plum), NEAV explains that the track’s creation was not only a cathartic one, but also one that came out of a special opportunity, thanks to winning a competition run by mental health charity Listen Up Music.

“Because the song is loosely based on personal events, it was very therapeutic to write,” NEAV continues. “The song came together very quickly over the course of one evening and I knew straight away that I wanted it to be recorded and released.

“I got the opportunity to work with Jesse Deskovic in Studios 301 through winning ‘The Songwriting Prize 2020’ run by the amazing mental health charity, Listen Up Music. It was great fun to take the track from its basic acoustic form to its now dramatic dark-pop sound.”

With “Talking to The Devil” serving as NEAV’s second single for 2021, it seems as though we’re experiencing a rather prolific period for this exceptional young artist. Though it remains to be seen what steps her career will take from here, songs such as this one prove that the future is extremely bright for NEAV.

NEAV’s “Talking to The Devil” is officially released on Tuesday, November 16th.