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Novo will be performing at SXSW 2019

Novo Amor, a.k.a. singer-songwriter Ali Lacey, pieces together his songs using only the finest and most fragile organic ingredients: lightly plucked acoustic guitars and banjos, tender bits of piano, subtle string sweeps. But most exquisite of all is Lacey’s own falsetto — imagine Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon, but more straightforwardly angelic — Novo Amor sends the whole arrangement hurtling heavenward.

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The Welsh multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter whose 2018 album “Birthplace” is packed full of cinematic soundscapes undercut with more than a little melancholy.

Lifted from the ‘Bathing Beach’ EP out May 26th on vinyl and digital

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Welsh multi-instrumentalist Novo Amor returns with his new track “Colourway” off his forthcoming EP, Bathing Beach. The beautifully chilling track begins with a simple acoustic guitar, and the track comes to life as the soundscape slowly builds.

Novo Amor, aka Ali Lacey, described “Colourway” as “an expression of nostalgia, a wistful nod to a certain period of time.”

He continues, “The idea to title the EP Bathing Beach comes from an illustrated postcard of a shore in New York State, a pace that was my home for a summer back in 2011. For me, Bathing Beach exerts a calmness that was present during my time there; the idea of it being a place where the land meets the water almost feels like the perfect place to let something go, or set something free.”

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Lifted from the ‘Bathing Beach EP‘ out now via AllPoints

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The music of British songwriter Novo Amor, AKA Ali Lacey, has always felt mystical. His whispery voice and dreamy production give his work an otherworldly quality, creating lush and immerse atmospheres with every track. It doesn’t matter if he’s performing solo material or covering Guns N’ Roses’ “Welcome To The Jungle”, a supernatural sense of peace permeates every track he touches.

His latest song, “Anchor”, is the epitome of this delicateness and craft. The strings on his acoustic guitar buzz sorrowfully as he fingerpicks, singing above it all at a hushed volume. Soft electric guitar tones float in the background, drifting like slow waves crashing on a shore. The track feels enchanting, so much so that it only makes sense that the music video would take on the mythical.
“The inspiration for the video comes from Gaelic folklore of the Selkie,” Lacey says “Selkies live as Seals in the sea but shed their skin to live as human on land. If a man steals a Selkie’s skin she is to live in his power and become his wife, but because her true home will always be the sea, she will always be longing for the ocean and often caught gazing at the horizon. The underlying concept of the song is about wanting and waiting for something/someone to return, so this video was naturally a perfect fit.”

Lacey’s version of the legend isn’t as gruesome as shedding skin or overtly concerned with domination. Instead, it features a lonesome fisherman finding a woman in the ocean and bringing her back home. Things seem okay at first until her distance from the water starts to take a physical a toll. The video aptly captures the feeling of longing, both in the legend and within the song.

Picture rural Wales. Somewhere about an hour or two from the nearest town. Somewhere on the edge of a deep, dark forest or somewhere that’s perched just next to a vast expanse of the Atlantic. Find that place and you’ll come close to finding the landscape that shapes Novo Amor’s music.

The Cardiff based multi-instrumentalist, better known to family and friends as Ali Lacey, brilliantly capture vast, melancholic scenes with his latest EP Woodgate NY. Blending his gentle vocals with guitars, banjos and the odd suspended bathtub (he also happens to be an experimental sound designer) Lacey recently signed to Brilliance Records, a small indie-folk label based on the west coast of Norway. in “Holland” for example you can hear the sound of an old garden hose being hit with a hammer. Whatever I think will give an added bit of interest or texture. Once you get the hang of it it’s quite a straight forward process. Each object makes a certain sound so once you’ve worked out what that sound is you can then pitch on a keyboard, and from those collections of sounds you can begin to construct a melody.