Here's something different for ya! Whoever said that music couldn't be whatever you wanted it to be? NOVA are living proof that if you've got a sound-idea, you can make turn it into something truly stand out, no matter how weird or wonderful it is. Third Outing met with Electronic Cavegazers Mike and Dan to find out what the ever changing world of electric has to offer you. The all important Third Opinion follows...
The EP Aurora
...means times of transition and the emotional reaction to change. It addresses the past, present, and future of the processing of change.
Electronic music is
...the most versatile it's ever been, there's so much bleeding between genres because it can be influenced by any type of music.
The Song What Could Have Been
...could have been a romance that wouldn't have made it through space; instead it was great while it lasted.
New York City
...sharing a city with Here's Andy and Primate House is really awesome because we have close friends who are inspired, passionate and very different from one another, both musically and personally.
The rather incredible and strange 5 track EP you see before you is something Third Outing is not used to. In fact, are we even qualified to talk about such music? Probably not. But then the words you have read from the NOVA guys, the versatility, the blend, the influence that powers such music; this is something we cannot ignore. Before we begin here's some advice *listen loud with noise cancelling headphones for full effect*...
Aurora is an EP best listened to as a mini-concept album. Tune in from start to finish and enjoy the ride. The first track Lux might throw you, but it's designed to warm up those ears. Get used to the synths, appreciate the computer drum beat, get into the spirit of the sapping-electric-motion. Because I'll Be There Soon is about to change the game for you.
At first you might think you're listening to a remix of the Frogger soundtrack. But you're wrong, it's the EP's magic coming through. Never have you heard such a an echoed voice from above accompany such a driving Electro chord progression. Can't you just imagine listening to this in a seedy Berlin back alley club?
The same goes for the incredible What Could Have Been. As the Cavegazers suggest above, an ode to a relationship which wasn't to blossom, the band's ability to manipulate their electronic instruments into a symphony of the highest forces certainly does come to blossom, though. It's inspiring, and it drives the EP through to the end with pace and precision.
Vela continues to express the rich themes which Aurora stands for, securely implementing the continuous ostinato of electric to the end of time, or at least until the final track Keep It Slow. It's here where we finally realise what NOVA, of the house of New York (see Here's Andy, Primate House, Ghost King), are achieving with their music. It's the same as what the great classical symphonists of their time were achieving. Each spectacular movement gaining in momentum, playing on the same leitmotifs, finding resolution and harmony in different ways to express one feeling. Mahler, Berlioz, the Brahms of the world, they all did it across four wonderful movements, it's only that NOVA go one better and do it in five.