Novo Amor has today shared the second track from his recently announced new album Cannot Be, Whatsoever – due for release on November 6th. The news comes alongside a brand new tour announcement for Novo Amor which will kick off in April 2021.
New track ‘If We’re Being Honest’ comes with a magnificent one-shot video which goes hand-in-hand with the sentiment of the track itself. On making it, director Charlie Reader says – “I wanted to create a simple but powerful story that feels entirely timeless yet is also attuned to the strange situation the world finds itself in now with the global pandemic: the emotional complexities of living in isolation and being detached from loved ones. An astronaut returning from space after many years seemed to perfectly encapsulate those ideas, and the crash-landing felt fitting in its requirement for strength and resolve to make it through. I think it’s a universal story for any struggle and I wanted it to ultimately feel optimistic; projecting a message of hope, resilience and reunification.”
Novo Amor – the musical project of Aberystwyth-born Ali Lacey – made a return last month with ethereal single ‘Opaline’, alongside news of his second album. A self-professed “shift towards the light” compared to his heart-breaking 2018 debut ‘Birthplace’, the new record continues his fascinating and unique story and sees his masterful songwriting and production capabilities pushed even further than before.
New instalment ‘If We’re Being Honest’ picks up the story of Novo Amor’s next chapter perfectly – a bewitching ode to becoming enthralled with the idea of inhabiting a specific time and place and the deep sense of belonging that comes with it.
Cannot Be, Whatsoever is Ali Lacey’s second self-produced studio album as Novo Amor. Its life began when Lacey returned to Wales and the dust finally settled on a whirlwind 18 months of touring his debut, Birthplace, around the world. Whilst the pleasure of releasing this universally-loved work and the incredible experiences of being on the road have all fed significantly into Cannot Be, Whatsoever, there’s also a sense of weight and an almost unconscious solemnity that comes from missing the quiet and calm of home.
Novo Amor will also make a return to live shows in April 2021. The tour will kick off in Dublin on April 23rd, take in all of the UK and Europe’s major cities before culminating in Lacey’s hometown of Cardiff on the 22nd May…
Apr 23 – Dublin, Button Factory, Ireland
Apr 24 – Leeds, City Varieties Music Hall, UK
Apr 25 – Newcastle, Wylam Brewery at Palace of Arts, UK
Apr 26 – Edinburgh, La Belle Angele, UK
Apr 28 – Manchester, RNCM Concert Hall, UK
Apr 29 – London, UK (venue to follow)
Apr 30 – Tourcoing, Le Grand Mix, France
May 01 – Brussels, Botanique, Belgium
May 03 – Cologne, Kulturkirche, Germany
May 05 – Dudelange, Op der Schmelz, Luxembourg
May 06 – Schiltigheim, Le Cheval Blanc, France
May 07 – Lausanne, Casino de Montbenon, Switzerland
May 09 – Zurich, Mascotte, Switzerland
May 10 – Milan, Santeria Toscana 31, Italy
May 13 – Amsterdam, Paradiso, Netherlands
May 15 – Berlin, Heimathafen, Germany
May 16 – Warsaw, NIEBO, Poland
May 18 – Copenhagen, Bremen Theatre, Denmark
May 20 – Paris, La Gaîté Lyrique, France
May 22 – Cardiff, Tramshed, UK