New Release & Video: Novo Amor – Cannot Be, Whatsoever / Opaline

Photo Credit: Daniel Alexander Harris / Embroidered by Aline Brant)

Welsh producer, multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter Novo Amor has announced his brand-new album Cannot Be, Whatsoever, to be released November 6th.

To introduce his new record, he has shared the first single ‘Opaline’, alongside a new, cinematic video shot in the Australian outback and directed by Stefan Hunt…

Cannot Be, Whatsoever is Aberystwyth-born Ali Lacey’s second self-produced studio album as Novo Amor. It continues his fascinating story where his debut of 2018, Birthplace, left off.

It’s a story that really begins long before the inception of Novo Amor, in Woodgate, upstate New York, where Lacey was employed as a music teacher at a summer camp, holding classes among the pews of an old chapel by a lake, surrounded by tall evergreens. It was a formative – indeed pivotal – time for Lacey, when much of what he thought he knew changed: his taste in music, his appreciation of the quiet outdoors and, most crucially, his heart was broken for the first time. He returned home to his mother’s house in Wales with no job, no plan and no relationship, and shortly afterwards moved to Cardiff and conjured up Novo Amor – a musical act of defiance in the wake of a break-up; it translates literally to “New Love”.

The release of Birthplace in 2018 marked a big moment, capturing the dizzying feelings of falling in love and the pain that comes with letting it go. It’s both joyous and sombre in equal measure and connected with audiences across the world. Its arrival also heralded the beginning of a year of touring for Lacey and his band; a year of vans, of tour-buses and border crossings, of airports, stages, dressing rooms, of exhilaration and of missing home. It was only in the enveloping winter of 2019 that he was finally able to sit down in his studio to reflect on those life-changing experiences and the ideas that would become the second Novo Amor album – Cannot Be, Whatsoever – slowly but surely came into focus.


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