Music videos are one of my favourite things. Whenever I read about an artist online, one of the first things I want to see is their video. It’s a chance to see the living breathing personality behind the music, if opportunities to see them live aren’t immediately available.
Music videos, however, are a tricky thing to get right. How do you look natural and relaxed on a video, when dancing or lip syncing in front of a camera isn’t necessarily natural or relaxing? Alternative pop singer/songwriter, Noralyn, from Brisbane, makes it look easy. Her videos look like she’s having fun and her personality and talent shine through. Yet, when discussing the process with her, it becomes apparent her seemingly chilled vibe, is just very skilful acting.
There was a music video we did a few years back where you see me in three different locations – beach, mountainside and in the woods. In one scene I’m wearing a white dress which we attempted filming multiple times. We spent a lot of time scouting out different locations and ended up driving 4 hours to a rainforest. But when we went through the footage it didn’t have the right feel. Another time we got up super early to drive to another location, but I got attacked by mozzies and we had to call it quits. There was no hiding the huge bites on my face! Then my dress got dirt stains on it, which required multiple attempts to remove. We eventually got the scene done though!
Your current EP Lucid Dreaming depicts you in a graceful Prima Ballerina pose. Are you a dancer too?
“The title Lucid Dreaming is an analogy for being aware of a bigger picture or a greater reality, more than just the physical,” explains Noralyn. “So in the artwork I have my eyes closed and my arms are creating a closed space around my head which is sort of representing me “dreaming” ie. living in my “everyday life”. But there is an image of a starry universe in my head – which represents being conscious of this whole other dimension to life apart from the things we can physically touch and see.”
So what else can you tell us about this EP?
It’s a 6-track EP which I recorded down in Sydney in late 2017 with a producer named Dylan Nash. I wrote most of the songs the previous year. I write on piano, and the songs all remained piano-based in the recordings as it’s very much part of my ‘musical identity’. Like I touched on in a previous question, the common thread that seems to bring each of the tracks together as an EP is the “bigger picture.” It’s the way I try to look at life. Two of the songs Rebel Heart and New Tricks charted for several weeks in the top 40 of the Australian Christian Radio charts last year – so that was pretty cool!
You’ve sometimes been compared to Kate Bush. Was she a strong influence?
I wouldn’t necessarily list her as an original influence of mine. Her music is beautiful and very artistic. I do recall listening to ‘Wuthering Heights’ and ‘Running up that Hill’ etc, as a teenager, but probably listened to her music later in response to those comments. I guess, like Kate Bush, classical music is part of my background and filters into my songwriting too, if to a lesser extent. I was however, influenced by one of her contemporaries – Tori Amos. Regina Spektor and Imogen Heap are other artists I would list as inspirations.