It was earlier this year that I was first introduced to the captivating sounds of Perth artist Noah Dillon. He had just released his single Maggots, and with it, he had found a loyal new fan in yours truly.
Dillon creates an earthy brand of indie-rock that feels simultaneously raw and carefully considered; it’s vulnerable yet confident.
“Self reflection is definitely the most important part of my process”: If you’re not already familiar with Noah Dillon, it’s definitely time you changed that.
Since releasing Maggots, Dillon has released his next slice of music in the form of You Do It To Yourself. Across its four-minute duration, the track build into something truly cathartic.
“Music serves as a massive outlet for me in everyday life and emotionally so I think its always stemmed from a very introspective place,” Dillon says of his music.
“Maybe I’m just super self-indulged or something but hopefully people can find their own cathartic experience. I think self reflection is definitely the most important part of my process.”
With only a handful of singles under his belt, the Western Australian singer-songwriter has quickly developed a strong back catalogue of warm indie-rock tracks. Since releasing The Man I’m Not last year, Dillon has developed what was once a direct folk sound into something more dynamic.
“I think I got a little caught in the head space of presenting myself as a folk artist when I started out just because I was writing songs on guitar. Then over time and with the new lineup forming with Sam Rocchi, Jack Hill and Claudia Genovese, I’ve been able to create the more raw and alt-rock sound I am really passionate about.”
That passion shines through, too. As You Do It To Yourself simmers and builds into an explosion of unbridled energy, you’ll find yourself completely enthralled in Dillon’s textured instrumentation and spirited vocal delivery.
Noah Dillon is one of many brilliant new artists to be emerging from Western Australia’s ever-growing and always-impressive music scene.
“I feel so lucky to be surrounded by the amazing bands and people in WA. Maybe it’s the isolation from the rest of Australia but there is such a great community which I think really fosters creativity and pushes bands to keep pumping out great music,” he says.
“I think there’s also a unique drive that develops from being a little more distant from other capital cities. For Perth bands to tour and get over east it takes a lot of hard work over a long period of time which in-turn creates really great bands!”
While these are still relatively early days for Noah Dillon, judging by what we’ve heard so far, I think we can safely expect plenty more quality material. And considering he and his band are currently polishing off their debut eleven-track album, I don’t think we’ll have to wait long to hear what he delivers next.
Catch Noah Dillon performing live at WAMFest from Friday 2 November to Saturday 3 November. More info here.