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AEROTROPOLIS Nancy Gorman Dean Nova Halo Astronomer Musician

'Utterly charming'
Teases & Dares

'A prog-y shard of light'
BBC Introducing, Kent

Nova Halo  are an alt pop / dream rock band featuring the writing's of Nancy Dean and a revolving live line up, mainly based in South East London, UK. The current line up usually boasting multi instrumentalist wizard Tom Monks (9 Below Zero, The Aim and Tom Monks), guitar alchemist Ryan Barquilla (Nexus Leap),  bottomless bassist Amir Smith and Alex Hoffman on drums.

Nancy's seraphic vocals fluctuating from whistling bright and gossamer to dark and raspy repose, fantasian aesthetics and beguiling songs have been intriguing audiences since 2017. Songstress, aerial dancer, astronomy alumni, unlicensed pilot and couturier- her whimsical pursuits share a common romantic thread reflected in her writings. 

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. Although not actively sought, the sound of NOVA HALO has often been compared to the Cocteau Twins, Kate Bush and Stevie Nicks.

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].  

 

Nova Halo’s live initiation began by playing the intervals at cabaret and burlesque nights, after invitation from dance teacher and legendary performer, Marquissa Darq, founder of the now notorious Rock & Roll Cabaret in London. 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 2022 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 June 2024. Further EPs are currently in the works. 

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