UNCUT - - New Al­bums - In­tri­cate folk-pop on de­but from welsh multi-in­stru­men­tal­ist DAnIeL DY­LAn wRAY

Birth­place ALL­POINTS 6/10

Much like Bon Iver or Suf­jan Stevens, Ali Lacey – who per­forms as Novo Amor – has the sort of voice ca­pa­ble of reach­ing such lev­els of fragility and del­i­cacy that you worry it may tear or dis­solve. On “Seneca” it wails like a wind above lush pro­duc­tion and neatly wo­ven gui­tar parts, with ris­ing strings match­ing the vo­cal pitch. Toots of brass on tracks such as “Emi­grate” re­call Beirut and the al­bum as a whole feels a lit­tle locked into that mid2000s in­tro­spec­tive folk-pop pe­riod. How­ever, while in­flu­ences are ob­vi­ous through­out, the pro­duc­tion, ten­der com­po­si­tions and thought­ful sonic lay­er­ing make for an im­mer­sive and in­tri­cate de­but.

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