Novo Amor and Gia Margaret
Welsh multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and producer Ali Lacey, aka Novo Amor, first came to notice in 2014 with his Woodgate NY EP, although he’d already been recording as Novo Amor (Portuguese for “new love”) for a couple of years at that point. Last year saw a flurry of releases from the Cardiff, Wales-based performer, including his full-length Birthplace as well as multiple singles including the title track, “Utican,” and “State Lines.”
He put out his sophomore EP last year, as well as a collaborative album with Ed Tullett, so even though he’s only been on the scene for a relatively short time, he has plenty of material to build a setlist with. As to the content of that material, he’s somewhat of a gypsy-sounding crooner who avails himself of the most modern sounds in dance tech, kind of like a contemporary Gino Vannelli as produced by Daft Punk, or disco-era Boz Scaggs crossed with Moby, as remixed by Pharrell. And there’s often a message behind the music. “Birthplace” arrived with an earnest anti-pollution video that features champion diver Michael Board and a giant whale sculpture made out of trash. Even his tour vehicles and recyclables are designed to minimize waste, Co2 emissions, and overall carbon footprints, and he’s been known to expound from the stage on environmental topics such as the deforestation of India and the efficacy of wind power generators.