‘I Feel Better’ is the third track to be shared from Novo Amor’s fast-approaching new album. The Welsh producer, multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter has shared the song alongside its equally striking video to further preview his new record Cannot Be, Whatsoever, which is due for release on November 6th.
Preceded already by the first singles ‘Opaline’ and ‘If We’re Being Honest’, ‘I Feel Better’ sits at the very heart of Novo Amor’s (Aberystwyth-born Ali Lacey) new record. Within its 3 minutes, ‘I Feel Better’ captures the self-professed “shift towards the light’ that (in Lacey’s own words) runs throughout his second album.
It’s a shift that is reflected in the song-writing across Cannot Be, Whatsoever as Lacey finds himself slowly emerging from the engulfing shadows of heartbreak, delicately but defiantly optimistic.
The accompanying video for ‘I Feel Better’, which has been directed by Amsterdam-based Lisette Donkersloot, tells its own story of recovering from lost love through a particular lens. By closely exploring the lyrics and melody, the new video works wonderfully to untangle the very different and very deep sides of Novo Amor’s music.
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 work and the 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 (hopefully!) make a return to live shows in April 2021, an opportunity to see the new album played live. The tour will kick off in Dublin on April 23rd, take in many 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