Review: "Body" - Isla Noon
We live in a world where we're not first judged by our personalities, how smart or talented we are, or what we do to make the world a better place. Instead, first impressions are based on how we look and what body type we have. We're conditioned from a young age about what we should look like, how much we should weigh, what kind of clothes to wear, how much makeup to put on, what hair style to have.... the list is endless and we become obsessive over being "perfect". Something that is unspoken in society is, what about the fact that we can't choose what we look like? We are born into our bodies without a natural choice of who we are on the outside. What we can control is who we are on the inside, and how we treat ourselves and the body we were given. "Body" by Isla Noon was a message written to herself, but is a song that many could use for themselves. It's a reminder that your body was a magical creation of your mother. You wouldn't ever hate your mother for the looks of her body, so why would you hate your own when your body looks like hers? It's time to break free from society's standards. Why does it matter what strangers think of you as long as you love yourself?
"Body" has a very spiritual, alternative pop soundscape, meant to dig deep into your soul and help you release any negativity you have towards yourself. It can also be described as cinematic; the dynamic flow has a wide range of volume and emotion, still connecting in a way that makes perfect sense. Some moments are really ethereal and delicate, while other moments are so powerful and strong that it makes you hold your breath. Isla uses her hauntingly stunning voice as a guide through the euphoric experience and production that is "Body".
“Growing up, it was always very important to me to be recognized 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 an early age we are flooded with input 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.” - Isla Noon
Isla Noon is an alt. pop singer/songwriter from New Zealand. She started writing songs, singing and playing guitar from a really young age, leading her to pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Music at the University of Auckland. She was signed onto the indie record label, BigPop Studios in 2017 where she's been developing herself as an artist ever since. Over the past few years, she's been working closely with producer and engineer, Maude Minnie Morris. She released her debut single, "Summer in August", in 2020 followed by two more singles in 2021 titled "Talk About Us" and "I Need To Go Home". "Body" is Isla's first release since then, and her fourth official studio single. I can't wait to hear what else she has in store for us! Keep updated on Isla's journey by following below.
Written By Kaitlyn Nicole