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MATY NOYES

The singer-songwriter on her upcoming album, independence, and the importance of visual culture in her work.

All clothing her own

All clothing her own

“I’m just a Mississippi hippie with a dream,” states Maty Noyes. This seems like an understatement coming from a singer who started her career at heights most artists can only dream of: collaborating with Kygo on chart-topping single “Stay”, before touring the world with the DJ.

Reflecting on her sound, the 22-year-old tells me “it’s an evolution of everything I love. No song on my new album The Feeling’s Mutual is exactly like another, but it all still flows together.” She makes it seem effortless, but Noyes is certainly no stranger to hard work. Fuelled by faith in the universe and a spirit of adventure, at just 16 she moved to Nashville with hopes of making it in the industry — an experience she says made her “fearless, independent and self-sufficient.”

A few weeks before we speak, Noyes released her latest single from the album, “Sunlight,” on which her soothing voice feels like a remedy for the strange times we’re living through. “It is my take on a simple pop love song,” she tells me, “about the raw essence of true love.” When pressed about her upcoming album, she assures me that we can expect something for everyone. “There’s a mix of genres that reflect everything I love about music,” she explains. “A lot of the album is based off electric guitar, bass and vocals. The project is dedicated to the three men I’ve been in love with, and the lessons I learned through them.”

Maty noyes for our summer issue

All clothing her own

Maty noyes for our summer issue
All clothing her own

Noyes’ visual identity as an artist is equally eclectic, and her Instagram grid is a gleaming mix of iridescent colours and celestial costumes. When I ask what inspires her creative process she references the 60s psychedelic pop artist Peter Max, whose aesthetic influence is clear in her trippy visuals — think Hollywood glamour meets hippie dreamer, with retro leanings thrown in for good measure.

Circling reluctantly back to reality, I ask Noyes how she has been coping with the mandatory worldwide lockdown. “Recently, I had a dream I was a houseplant that loved to watch balloons fly into the sky outside the window,” she laughs, and it’s impossible not to warm to her happy-go-lucky charm. She tells me she’s been “focusing on learning new skills” during quarantine, “like producing my own vocals.” With an independent drive, wild imagination and songwriting skills well beyond her years, there’s clearly a bright path ahead for Maty Noyes, and you can bet we’ll be seeing more big things from her very soon.

Maty noyes for our summer issue
Maty noyes for our summer issue

All clothing her own

Maty noyes for our summer issue
All clothing her own
Maty noyes for our summer issue
Words
Imogen Osborne
MATY NOYES