Introducing one of 2021's most promising new talents, NEAV - the alter-ego of gifted young singer/songwriter Niamh Watson. She shares her debut single 'Silence Song' alongside a captivating visual accompaniment. Hailing from Narara, just north of Gosford, it is difficult to believe that Watson is still in her final year of high school; such is the breadth of musical ability evident here.
Displaying a penchant for drama, darkness and the element of surprise, NEAV's debut also showcases her extraordinary pipes and theatrical instincts. Fans of clever, brooding pop will find plenty to love in the song's shifting moods, left turns and unexpected stylistic change-ups.
Produced and co-written with Mario Tate (Tkay Maidza, Montaigne, Allday), 'Silence Song' sees NEAV take control of her narrative, empowering whoever is listening to do the same. She explains further:"I hope this song resonates with those who have ever felt unheard or suppressed. I wrote it to inspire a shift in mindset to allow people to conquer the things that hold them back from living their truth."
The track is accompanied by an intimate and beautifully shot video clip which introduces NEAV's striking aesthetic. "The video was super fun to shoot. The birdcage idea for the video popped into my head as I listened to the final master of the song. I think it fits well with the themes in the song. It is a wonderfully weird experience to finally see my odd visions come to life".
NEAV worked alongside talented director Daniel Sabourne and the Dreamscape Creative Agency to immortalise the powerful vision she had for 'Silence Song'. The opportunity came to NEAV as a result of her winning the Songwriting Prize 2020, a national songwriting competition run by the Listen Up mental health music charity. Daniel says of the video:
"NEAV came to me with a beautiful presentation on what she was wanting to achieve and together we brought her vision to life in a way that we feel respectfully complimented her lyricism and sound. In instances of knowledge, we learn truths or information that encourage a broader perspective that make us feel like we've been living in a cage all this time. To develop into that perspective gives us a new step forward in freedom, until such a time the cycle repeats. But nonetheless, like a bird in a cage, we may not be aware of our greatest potential or our habitual purpose – if we remain silent."