After originally introducing herself with her vibrant initial offerings 'Better' and 'Rain' back in 2021, London-based artist Noa Sorele now makes her eagerly-awaited return with the wondrous new single 'Playlist'.
Capturing a beautifully sweet and tender aesthetic for her newest outing, 'Playlist' sees her break her two-year hiatus with shimmering form throughout. With her wonderfully warm and emotive vocals layered across a progressive production throughout, she is returning to the fold with one of her most passionate releases to date.
So with the new single available to stream now, we sat down with her to find out more about her origins and influences over the years.
What was the first band or artist you fell in love with?
It is tough to pick one, but I would have to say Adele. I remember having all her album CDs, buying a book about her and even doing a school project about her when I was about 10. I was constantly singing her songs as well. The emotional songwriting mixed with the powerful vocal really stood out to me, and made me want to do that same thing in my own way.
Did you ever form a band when you were younger and if so, what did they sound like?
I actually did not, but when I was in elementary school I used to sing a lot with my best friend at the time. We would sing a lot of covers, especially of the pop superstars of then like Selena Gomez, Demi, Miley etc. We had a lot of fun doing that, and even performed once at a school talent show.
What has been your primary inspiration in writing music?
I find that I am most inspired when I think of a phrase that makes me uncomfortable to feel or admit. For example, claiming the cheerful affirmation: “Now that you left me I’m better”, from my latest song ‘Better’, while I was still healing, pushed me towards believing that. Similarly, in my new single ‘Playlist’, I finally admit to the desperation and delusion I fell into, along with the intense grief I felt in that heartache. Phrases like ‘It feels like you're dead’, ‘All I have now is your playlist’ showcase that in the chorus, amongst the entire track. I want to push myself and the listener to be able to feel those things.
What is a song you wish you had written yourself?
I wish I had written Mutual Friend by Jessie Reyez. Firstly because I absolutely love Jessie, and because it is a really good song to release some anger on, and it also touches on those phrases that could be uncomfortable to admit, but push you to feel that to the extreme so you could release it, like with the chorus which sings: ‘If you died tomorrow, I don’t think I’d cry’.
If there was any moment in your career you could relive, what would it be?
An incredible moment was performing my song ‘Better’ live with a full band of amazing people, on stage at the O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire. It was an empowering experience and also surreal, knowing some of my favorite artists performed on that same stage.
Which artist would you most love to share a stage with?
Stela Cole. I am so inspired by her and her unapologetic powerful energy, and I aspire to grow that more myself. I am obsessed with her songs and style, and I think us together on stage would be a great combination of emotional, powerful and melodic tunes.
And is there an artist you would love to collaborate with as well?
Dennis Lloyd. I have always been so inspired by him and his music, and the fact that we have a somewhat similar background. Moreover, he is an insane producer who self produced a lot of his own material, and I have been following his career from early on. I would love to have the opportunity to work with him at some point in my career, that would be a huge achievement for me.
Where do you see yourself in five years time?
In five years I believe I would have at least a couple albums out, perform on bigger stages, and grow my audience. I would want to have a steady income from music, that way I could focus all my time and energy on that, and I believe if I keep working hard, that will happen. I also hope to travel more, and perform internationally, as I have grown up living in different places I want to keep exploring. I want to keep singing my stories and deepest feelings and hopefully reaching more people that can relate to them.
Noa Sorele's new single 'Playlist' is available to stream now. Check it out below.