New Release & Video: Novo Amor – Birthplace

Photo Credit: Daniel Alexander Harris

Novo Amor, aka Ali Lacey, has unveiled a poignant video for the title-track from his debut album Birthplace, set for release on 19th October

The video highlights the monolithic problem of plastic in our oceans and was shot in Komodo and Bali, with production from Sil and Jorik

Take a watch below…

Sil and Jorik shared their thoughts on the concept behind the film: “We want to make films about stories that matter, especially when those in disadvantage can’t speak for themselves. The pollution of our oceans is one of the most important stories of our time. They are under attack by a rapidly growing tumour of plastic waste for which we are responsible. We’ve been exploring ways to make a video that touches on this topic for a while, and when we heard Ali’s music the specific idea came to us almost in a flash”

World-renowned freediver Michael Board stars as the character of humanity in the video. He performed over 250 freedives during the shoot which involved the crew spending 35 hours underwater. Board appears alongside a 13-metre bamboo humpbacked whale sculpture, covered in plastic that was collected by local children in return for schoolbooks as part of an environmental initiative started by a local primary school

Sil and Jorik continue: “On the last day of filming the whale, we disassembled it and took it out of the water. We removed all the plastic and nets and transported the segments back to the mountain village where it was created. Here, the builders will add extra, woven bamboo to replace the plastic. Soon, it will find its final resting place on a waterfall near the village where it will become a permanent tourist attraction with a water fountain shooting from its mouth’’

Ali Lacey himself adds: “The presence of plastic waste littering our oceans is not a new issue, but it’s an issue that has been worsening for years and is something that we can and should be addressing. The problem is not only a threat to marine life, but to the entire food chain, our whole ecosystem. When something impacts wildlife in such a profound way, we can expect it to impact upon us. The problems are manifold, the repercussions shocking, but there are ways in which we can raise awareness of such an urgent issue, and counter it”

Novo Amor will introduce audiences to Birthplace with a lengthy UK and European headline tour this Autumn. Tickets for all dates on sale now and selling fast, with the Union Chapel show in London on 22nd October already sold out. To keep up with demand a second night has been added at the historic venue for 23rd October

Full listings as follows:

Oct 16 – Manchester, Gorilla
Oct 17 – Glasgow, Saint Luke’s
Oct 19 – Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
Oct 20 – Brighton, The Haunt
Oct 22 – London, Union Chapel
Oct 23 – London, Union Chapel **NEW DATE ADDED**
Oct 24 – France, Paris, La Maroquinerie
Oct 25 – Germany, Heidelberg, Karlstorbahnhof
Oct 27- Denmark, Copenhagen, Vega Small Hall
Oct 28 – Sweden, Stockholm, Kagelbanan
Oct 30 – Belgium, Brussels, Botanique – Orangerie
Oct 31 – Netherlands, Amsterdam, Paradiso Noord
Nov 01 – Germany, Hamburg, Gruenspan
Nov 02 – Germany, Berlin, Funkhaus

Novo Amor is working with two UK charities – Julie’s Bicycle and Energy Revolution – to limit the environmental impact of his upcoming tour dates by minimising waste at shows and balance his fuel consumption and Co2 emissions. This self-applied ‘pollution tax’ will be used to generate clean, renewable energy through projects such as wind power generation and reforestation in India