Video Premiere: Drew Makes Noise – Secret To Life

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Over the last couple of years, Andrew Wilson, aka Drew Makes Noise, has re-emerged as a serious contender.

Formerly one-quarter of NI indie rock maestros Ed Zealous, the Belfast-based artist has been carving out a wonderfully idiosyncratic – not to mention purposefully DIY – niche via singles including ‘Your Garden Grows’ and last year’s ‘Baby Blue’.

It’s a trajectory that’s in full swing on new single ‘Secret To Life’. A masterfully unravelling effort, with some sublime production work to boot, it distils the widescreen finesse of Drew’s craft in under three minutes.

Speaking about the track, he said: “I wrote Secret To Life at 4 am while in that twilight, contemplative frame of mind and singing extra soft so as not to wake anyone up. The sentiment is fairly uncloaked and uncomplicated. Just a little prayer that I can be at peace with all life’s unanswered questions.”

Sealing the deal and then some is the song’s video. Loosely inspired by the cinema scene in A Clockwork Orange, it vividly explores, in Drew’s words, the banality of the affirmations and aphorisms we are all bombarded with on a daily basis online. And how. Filmed at Belfast’s iconic art deco Strand Cinema, it’s a superb, full-blown accompaniment that sees Drew team up with long-time camera collaborator Deci Gallen. Have a first look below.

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