Gas Mask Magazine

Isla Noon:  “I Need To Go Home”

By: Michelle Vaccaro
November 27, 2021

Isla Noon reassures her fans that she got home after releasing her new song.  “I Need to Go Home” opens with the desire to use a night out to get away from her problems.  As the song progresses, she realizes that this may have been able to fix her issues in the past, but it’s not working this time.  Rolling Stone Australia quoted Noon on the meaning behind the track:

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.  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.

The self-reflective lyrics are brought to life by the New Zealander’s honest and passionate vocals.  The music’s advancing beat gives the track a bit of an 80’s vibe. 

The song’s corresponding video visually expresses her inner conflict through the uses of light and dark as she travels around town looking for “home.”  Noon wrote about the struggle in the making of the video on her social media saying, “I was halfway through filming a music video for my next single when Auckland went into lockdown. I grieved those grand plans and rallied the team to make this thing work.”

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