Teases & Dares
'A prog-y shard of light'
BBC Introducing, Kent
Nova Halo is the synergistic pseudonym title of alt pop songstress Nancy's works. Not quite an alter ego and not quite a band, but the liminal project title of a revolving line up steered by a fixed frontwoman.
Her seraphic vocals fluctuating from bright and gossamer to dark and raspy repose, fantasian aesthetics and beguiling songs have been intriguing audiences since 2017. Independent musician, aerial dancer, astronomy alumni, unlicensed pilot and couturier- Nancy’s whimsical pursuits share a common romantic thread reflected in her music. Conjuring from London’s maritime metropolis Greenwich, she describes the music of Nova Halo as alt pop/rock, incorporating shoegaze, noise and symphonic elements.
In a hyper saturated digital age, the veiled nano cyber chamber where Nova Halo’s music dwells is an idyllic sanctuary, unmoved by trends and expectations, dictated by only what stirs the heart. Scribing from the peripheries of a rich inner realm- the visual / music artist / producer / instrumentalist’s sonically tangible world ejects a spectrum ranging from defiant yet jubilatory anthems, to dreamy and visceral incantations.
Citing influences and inspiration from whimsical western predecessors such as Aphrodite’s Child, Jeff Buckley, Pixies, Prince, Grimes, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds- to mid 2000s Japanese pop rarities such as Olivia Lufkin and Nobuo Uematsu. Not forgetting various medieval and eastern motifs, fantasy RPGs, mysticism, the Dune and Alien sagas and more.
Nova Halo's debut release hatched the AEROTROPOLIS Trilogy EP; featuring the quasi-operatic celestial ballad 'Astral Plane', the upbeat ethereal pop-punk hymn 'Angel Eggz' and the harrowing space opera 'Steel Halo'. The trilogy gained international attention from London to Tokyo to Nashville, quickly attracting collaborations with the likes of Andy Cousin [All About Eve, The Mission] Will Crewdson [Scant Regard, Rachel Stamp, Adam Ant] and Tom Monks [9 Below Zero, Breaking News].
Nova Halo’s live initiation began by playing the intervals at cabaret and burlesque nights, after invitation from a dance teacher. Headline shows and national festival invites from radio DJs and LGBTQ+ Pride committees flew in. With festival slots to date including the East of England Burlesque Festivals, The Honeysuckle Revue, both Northumberland & Dover’s first ever LGBTQ Pride protests, East Sussex’s Faerie Festival and a guest vocals slot at the Danson Fireworks 2023 before an audience of 23,000. Other notable standard appearances at historic London venues so far include The Water Rats, Soho's Phoenix Artist Bar, St. Moritz, the legendary 100 Club, The Amersham Arms, The Bird's Nest, Woolwich's Tramshed, NXI, HMV stores and then some.
Nova Halo’s live shows are typically adorned in trailing flowers, giant candles, smoke and eco glitter- a visual marriage where love for the golden age of Las Vegas showgirls meets arcane esoteric ritual.
Since the debut AEROTROPOLIS Trilogy, several standalone singles have been released with the follow up EP Yearning & Reverie due in December 2023. Further EPs are currently in the works.