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BIO
(2024)

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Nova Soon is a space-folk artist from London, UK. The storytelling songs of Noah de Grunwald can be desolate, joyful, comical or sinister — often all at once — but always somehow evoke cosmic smallness. Musically, reverb-laced nylon fingerstyle and jazz/synth flourishes meet meticulous lyricism to forge a modern sound: one that reclaims folk from forest/valley nostalgia and roots it in 2020s brainspace.

 

Nova Soon's new EP, Goodbyetown, will be released in late summer 2024, preceded by the single 'Antarctica' on June 14. Retelling the death from leukaemia of Noah's songwriter father Nick, and Noah's subsequent years caring for his mother Barbara in the memory-laden house where he died, the EP weaves a black-and-white seaside purgatory world, through which the listener must walk to escape back to full-colour life. Raw classical arpeggios and first-take vocals, speeding and slowing organically, float above mystic fog-scapes of synth, bass, and harmonies (courtesy of multi-instrumentalist producer James Smithells). All the while, found sounds from Nick's life shimmer in and out: breathing, speaking, laughing, singing, footsteps, plus seagulls, waves, and wind. The result is a heavy, heady recording, full of emptiness and anger, but also, in the end, vast joy in life, and — Nick's particular legacy — love for music. As the six-minute title track's climax whispers, with hard-won gratitude: 'In the great, cruel sweep of time, there is a song.'

Nova Soon’s debut album, You Are Alive, was released in 2019 to acclaim from BBC 6 Music, KEXP, Mojo and Jammerzine. In the intervening time, Noah has gigged religiously, supporting artists like The (Beautiful) South, October Drift, and The Irrepressibles; plus appearing at festivals such as XR, BBC Introducing, Trunchonbury and Wild Paths. Noah has also released two standalone singles in 2021; completed an MA in Songwriting at ICMP in 2022; and founded a successful monthly series of intimate London gigs, 'Quiet Light Sessions'.

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'Gorgeous'

 Tom Robinson, BBC Radio 6 Music

'Nova Soon ... certainly spins a wonderful tale, but let's not forget the music too. This spritely folky acoustic song has more than meets the ear with foreboding howling vocals to stomping trombone. These little touches set 'Telling The Bees' aside from your regular folk'

 Bobby Colcombe, Fresh On The Net

'We love Nova Soon's distinctive fingerpicking style ... and effortless lilting vocals ... but it's mainly the stories, I think, for me, that he weaves into his songs, that make his music so, so special. There's a whole world written into ['Just An Extra In Your Dreams']'

— Kitty Perrin, BBC Introducing in Norfolk

'Dark, conspiratorial, and filled with Americana mystery ... captures the ghost-story tone beautifully from the first notes'

Ben McCoy, Unxigned

'An almost sublimely storybook style of song'

 Jammerzine

'I felt Nick Drake stirring here from this bard called Noah de Grunwald, a near imperceptible melancholy twinned with a quiet joy'

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