Today, rising Scottish singer-songwriter Aaron Smith has unveiled a brand new music video for his latest single “Nocturnal.” Directed by GRAMMY nominated producer Ellen De Faux (Harry Styles, Fatherson), the visual channels the hopes and anxieties of Aaron’s deeply personal lyrics with a hauntingly emotional dance composition, choreographed by Hazel Hush-Macdonald and performed by a group of Scotland-based dancers.
About the video, Aaron says, “Being on the video shoot was so surreal for me. It was my first music video appearance so I was really nervous but the team made me feel really at home and settled and ready for my close up. I felt very grateful to be on set and see such a beautiful idea come to life."
Director Ellen De Faux adds, “It was an honour to support Aaron, Kingdom Mgmt and Platoon to create this sensitive and arresting film for Aaron.”
Released in September via Platoon, "Nocturnal" is an unguarded, personal track that showcases Smith’s soaring signature vocals with the track’s subtle harmonies and electronic elements provided by London-based pop duo, Oh Wonder. Since it’s debut, the song has attracted the attention of Clash Magazine and Early Rising, and been spun on ‘Best New Pop with Mollie King’ on BBC Radio 1.
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, the release of “Nocturnal” serves as a highly-anticipated return to the scene, marking Aaron’s first new music since his critically-acclaimed second EP, For My Father, in August 2020.
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 eclipsed 65 million lifetime streams of his music to-date. With a distinctive vocal style and intimate, soulful sound, his music has garnered acclaim from around the world:
“Exquisite.” – Clash
“We already can’t get enough.” – Wonderland
“Be prepared to fall in love.” – Euphoria
“Enchanting.” – Early Rising