Today, Scottish singer songwriter Aaron Smith has revealed his brand-new single “Nocturnal,” out now via Platoon. Opening with a delicate piano arrangement, “Nocturnal” is an unguarded, personal track that sees Smith address both hopes and anxieties as he confesses, “Can’t look at myself now / because I’m on a raincloud / turning nocturnal.”
Building into an emotive chorus that showcases Smith’s soaring signature vocals, the track’s subtle harmonies and electronic elements are provided by London-based pop duo, Oh Wonder. Listen here and watch the visualizer here.
Speaking about “Nocturnal,” Smith says, “I basically wrote what was in my heart – I was sat at the piano, and these chords and melodies came out…the whole vision going forward is one of positivity.”
Since the release of his debut single “Unspoken” in 2019, which took the top spot on both Apple Music’s Best of the Week and Spotify’s UK New Music Friday playlists, Smith has gone on to garner widespread acclaim for his distinctive vocal style and intimate, soulful sound, with 64 million lifetime steams of his music to date.
Following his meteoric rise, the pandemic gave Smith the opportunity to pause and take stock, re-connecting with life’s simpler pleasures as he began writing new music from his home in Scotland. Hot on the heels of a rousing performance at Glasgow’s TRNSMT, today’s release marks a highly-anticipated return to the scene, with Aaron’s first new music since his critically-acclaimed second EP, For My Father, in August 2020.