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Heather Nova


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Heather Nova emerged in the early 90s. Her first record was hailed as “A stoned black olive among drab greens” by NME and her second album “Oyster” went on to top the charts on both sides of the Atlantic and took her on her first world tour. Her next album, “Siren”, established her firmly in the world of alternative rock, with singles charting worldwide, and invitations to play major festivals in Europe , the UK and America, as well as song placement in major tv shows and film soundtracks.

She soon gathered a wide fan base due in part to her compelling live shows. In the early days she spent 8 months a year on the road and her sound was unique – One of the first rock bands to combine a cello with distorted guitars, and top it all with her ethereal sirens-call voice. There was an intensity and a uniqueness to her live shows that created a buzz and a solid following. She released 3 live ablums – “Blow” , “Live from the Milky Way” and “Wonderlust”.

Her self-penned songs have always been raw and emotional, frequently injected with cool pop melodies; A combination which often had her falling through the cracks between genres. This both helped and hindered her . The London Evening Standard recently called her “one of pop’s most enduring enigmas” for good reason. She has always made her own way and has had little regard for the current trends.

“The Way it Feels” is her 9th Studio album and is perhaps her best to date. It is embued with an atmosphere that feels both natural and yet somehow otherworldly. There are echos of Americana, a bit of dark folk – a banjo and some pedal steel here and there - but it still feels very much like a Heather album with her distinctive vocals and great songwriting at its core. She recorded it in Charleston, South Carolina in the heat of the summer in an old house that she says “she walked past several times on the first day looking for the studio because she thought it was an abandoned house”. The sounds that producers, Josh Kaler and Jay Clifford, created around her songs make for a gorgeous laid-back atmosphere injected with hooky guitars and infectious rhythms. It’s a breath of fresh air. Again it’s hard to pigeon-hole, but again this works in her favour, as the album feels fresh and intimate, hooky and atmospheric all at once. It marries the hazy moodiness of her acclaimed album “Storm” with what feels like her very best songwriting to date. Whereas other albums have felt a bit “produced” this one feels like it was born this way. The production is unassuming but never dull. It carries you through the album from one engaging song to the next. There are simply no “filler” tracks on this album at all – each one is a gem.

What Heather says about “The Way it Feels”:

“New album. New songs. Where did they come from? Good question. I guess the answer is that they came from the same place all my songs have always come from; A place that is a bit of a mystery to me, to be honest. Part experience, part dream, part longing, part looking back; they come from the place that desires to describe THE WAY IT FEELS; A longing to find The language we aren’t given as a child, to define the stuff we aren’t equipped to speak about but that goes on deep within. I like simplicity. I like creating something beautiful out of something sad, something memorable out of a fleeting moment. I like to distill an event like boiling down the herbs to make a tincture - Like extracting perfume from a rose. I like to create a world you can step into and feel something you’ve forgotten you felt, or remind you of a part of yourself that you once knew. I don’t think my record will change the world, but it might give you an interesting place to spend an hour. It’s a window into my soul and maybe might unlock a few doors into your own.

One more thing - Please listen to this as an album. Call me old fashioned, but I like to think I’m taking you on a journey. It’s planned carefully. People don’t put on albums like they used to. Their concentration spans are shorter and they’re hungry for instant gratification. But the art of the album is still alive. Sit back. Close your eyes; Unless of course you’re driving your car, which I actually highly recommend as a good place to listen to music!”

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RP Online March 2016 (link)

Monkey Press March 2016 (link)

Blurt Online March 2016 (link)

American Songwriter March 2016 (link)

Yahoo March 2016 (link)

Huffington Post March 2016 (link)

PopMatters March 2016 (link)

BabySue March 2016 (link)

"Heather Nova’s newest album, The Way It Feels, her ninth, might just be her best yet. Showcasing her gorgeous, still-girlish voice, full of both wide-eyed awe and astute adult perception, Nova sings about her “Treehouse” (so winsome and nostalgic, it will make you cry) to darker fare like “The Archaeologist” and everything in between. The Way It Feels feels like a keeper.”
- American Songwriter

"With songs like "Girl on the Mountain," though, Nova deserves to be applauded for taking her sweet time to reach that peak.”
- Huffington Post

“imbued with an atmosphere that feels both natural and yet somehow otherworldly… echoes of Americana, a bit of dark folk, distinctive vocals and Nova’s trademark, great songwriting.”
- Blurt

"Nice solid stuff with heart. Top pick."
- BabySue

POPMATTERS PREMIERES HEATHER NOVA'S "GIRL ON THE MOUNTAIN" VIDEO

ITUNES PRE-ORDERS FOR NEW ALBUM “ THE WAY IT FEELS” BEGIN TODAY – OUT MARCH 25TH
NATIONAL TOUR KICKS-OFF MARCH 30TH IN ATLANTA

March 11, 2016 (Brooklyn, NY) Popmatters is pleased to host the video premiere of Heather Nova’s first single “Girl on the Mountain”. And on March 25th, Heather Nova will be releasing her 10th record “The Way it Feels”, easily her best and most important to date. Pre-orders begin today on iTunes. Producers/musicians Josh Kaler and Jay Clifford of Charleston, South Carolina, have collaborated with Heather to create a record with unique sonic textures which are at once natural and otherworldly. The result is an album with a very original and authentic sound, which hints at Americana, injected with infectious guitar riffs and cool rhythms. Great songwriting, a laid-back atmosphere, poetic lyrics and Heather distinctive vocals are the hallmark of The Way it Feels.

The NME hailed Heather’s first record “A stoned black olive among drab greens” and her second album “Oyster” topped the charts on both sides of the Atlantic taking her on her first world tour and selling over 1 million copies in the US the year she played Lilith Fair. Her next album “Siren”, established her firmly in the world of indie rock, with singles charting worldwide. She performed at major festivals in Europe, the UK and the US as well as placing songs in major TV shows and film soundtracks. The common thread on all her albums, along with her trademark vocals, has been consistently strong songs that are raw and emotional, yet firmly grounded in pop melody. Rather than fading with time, her European fans and critics alike say Heather’s shows are the best they’ve ever been and that she is at the pinnacle of her career. "I was based in London, so Europe was on my doorstep, and with a young son I needed to spend less time on the road, so I limited my touring to Europe for the past few years. But my North American fans haven’t stopped asking me to come back, which is lovely! And I’m so excited to finally be making that happen."

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to catch Heather on this side of the Atlantic!

HEATHER NOVA TOURDATES


MAR 30 DECATUR, GA EDDIE¹S ATTIC
MAR 31 NASHVILLE TN BLUEBIRD CAFÉ
APR 2 VIENNA, VA JAMMIN JAVA
APR 4 ANNAPOLIS, MD RAMS HEAD
APR 5 PHILADELPHIA, PA TIN ANGEL
APR 6 NEW YORK, NY CUTTING ROOM
APR 7 CAMBRIDGE, MA CLUB PASSIM
APR 8 ALBANY, NY THE LINDA
APR 9 ROCHESTER, NY THE LOVIN CUP
APR 10 TORONTO, ONT HUGH¹S ROOM
APR 11 ANN ARBOR, MI THE ARK
APR 12 EVANSTON, IL SPACE
APR 15 PORTLAND, OR ALBERTA ROSE THEATRE
APR 16 SEATTLE WA THE TRIPLE DOOR
APR 17 VANCOUVER BC THE RAILWAY CLUB
APR 19 BERKELEY, CA FREIGHT & SALVAGE
APR 21&22 LOS ANGELES HOTEL CAFE