Saturday, April 20, 2019
Novo Amor with Gia Margaret
3rd and Lindsley
Thu, Mar 21 8:00 pm

Novo Amor: Ali John Meredith-Lacey, better known under the moniker Novo Amor, is a Welsh multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, sound designer, and producer. Lacey rose to prominence after the release of his debut EP Woodgate, NY in March 2014. Lacey was born 11 August 1991 and raised in Llanidloes, Wales. and now resides in Cardiff. Drift, a two-track single self-released in 2012, was Lacey's first release as Novo Amor. Lacey's first Novo Amor EP, Woodgate, NY, was released 31 March 2014 on Norwegian label Brilliance Records. Building on the success of the EP, Lacey released "Faux", a collaboration with Ed Tullett, on Dumont Dumont and Brilliance Records on 23 June 2014. In the same month, Lacey also signed to UK publisher BDi Music, part of Bucks Music Group. The Chicago-based songwriter sees singing about personal experiences as an act of violence, but her debut LP translates that dark view into 34 minutes of serene, perceptive storytelling. Gia Margaret: Gia Margaret makes folk music hand-stitched with subtle electronic embellishments, preserving emotional ordeals like depression and transition within cushioned vocal melodies. In a recent interview, the Chicago-based musician discussed her fear of hurting others with lyrics drawn from life, likening songs to weapons hurled out into the world. But on her debut album, There’s Always Glimmer, Margaret’s violent view of songwriting translates to 34 minutes of serene and perceptive storytelling. “Groceries” opens the album on a vulnerable note, pairing her confessions with a somber, humming synth that resembles a droning growl. Margaret recounts how she tried writing about her woes but ultimately found comfort in a companion. “You took me in your arms and said, ‘Though it’s not easy to see, there’s always glimmer,” she sings, revealing the album’s title. “You bought the groceries/And you let the light in.” Even in the midst of a terrible year, the song suggests, the mundane experience of having someone else buy you groceries can be enough to sustain hope.-by Margaret Farrell  

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