Novaa – Stolen Peaches EP

For German producer and singer Novaa, her last EP “Stolen Peaches” is like a resurrection from the ashes. Indeed, the initially scheduled album, which was called “Peaches”, got unfortunately stolen in her car, losing every single piece of it. Novaa has tried to reconstruct all of her ideas and the least we can say is that we were not disappointed.

The idea behind the original release consisted in imagining a character for every track. Reconstructing the concept didn’t seem too hard for the producer since the nine tracks of the EP have each their own identity, offering a journey into the complicated mind of the artist. Don’t we all have many personalities that cohabit peacefully (or not) in our minds? Novaa‘s voice is used into each track not only as the main instrument, but also as the conductor of every emotion. Through many loops, we can easily recognized that artists such as Björk or Sevdaliza are her main inspirations. Like in most of their works, her voice is the center of the album. Opener track “Rose” is a relevant example: it simply starts with many recording of her own voice, a discreet piano, and a sweet beat that serve as a perfect introduction to her universe.

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In “Stolen Peaches”, Novaa explores the limits in between experimental pop and electronic, creating a confusing yet exquisite EP.

“Stolen Peaches” has to be taken as a travel into Novaa‘s deep soul. Her work is extremely personal and as a reflection of her own craft, it belongs to anyone else but herself. Exploring the many aspects of her life as a 19-year-old woman, this album is used as a mirror of her extremely profound and timid thoughts. Some tracks, like “Is It U” or “Hermit”, should be enjoyed under the cold weather alone in a room, while other tracks like “Sleep” or “Sex”, are the soundtrack of a sexual catharsis with your partner. Exploring all of our senses to their limits, the listener is pushed to an experience that he can decide to enter (or not).

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The boundaries of experimental and pop music are pushed to the limit. As a consequence, it can be hard for some audiences to enter the experience and can quickly leave them down the road. Either you let yourself invade by her world, either you don’t get it at all and hate it. The listener is driven to the point where the experimentation gets a bit repetitive, and even aggressive; creating a heavy atmosphere. Using her voice, her craft, and her deep thoughts as the main characters is both the strongest and the weakest choice of the EP. The journey can be so tiring that the last tracks, such as “Money” or “In Line”, suffer from this difficult intelligibility.

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Disconcerting, gracious, and intriguing, “Stolen Peaches” will remain as one of the most absorbing, disturbing, and creative albums of this year, turning Novaa into one of the artists to definitely watch in the future. Her mature delivery has left us with a lot of questions about her own identity and we can’t wait to explore more.

You can listen to the entire EP on Spotify and on Soundcloud.

Bonus: Novaa was recently featured on BLVTH‘s track “Ocean”. You can listen to it below.

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