A 4-song EP of bossa nova grooves specially crafted for your breaking heart.
Release date: March 2017
Sometimes when friendships fail and lovers leave, we can’t always claim good versus bad. But to save our own sense of selves we need to demonize our others with who did what wrong and when.
Or do we? Where pop songs often draw breakups in black and white, Bossa nova paints in watercolors, telling the story through slow saturations and flashes of bright tones drying into blood-like stains. Bossa nova’s lyrics are inwardly autobiographical but their airy melodies speak to a melancholy that is the human condition.
I’m no expert in the medium, but Jobim’s ‘Triste’ or ‘Waters of March’ served as deep inspiration for this EP. The more one listens to Jobim’s seemingly lighthearted work, the more depth is revealed. In this vein, n0va is not about a single culmination of right or wrong, but a spectrum of moments that span over decades.
The songs were recorded semi-live, documented through videos of the recording session paired with footage from my travels at the time. Even as they are deeply personal, I hope some of the words and melodies reach you through the small sparks of static as the turntable spins up…
album artwork by jin suk»