By Julie Cormier-Doiron
Sometimes a little goes a long way.
Back in early 2016, we were lucky to catch a glimpse of Novusolis with the track “Void”, which was released on the group’s SoundCloud page. After the first few notes, I was hooked. The song received a lot of airplay on Indie City Madness, the show that I co-host Mondays on CKCU. Like many others in the local music scene, I was intrigued and couldn’t wait to learn more about the project.
Local songstress Amanda Lowe and her partner Zach Perron are the heart of Novusolis, an ambient post-rock project based out of Ottawa-Gatineau. On February 2, the group released their first EP Fevered Dreams.
The album begins with an instrumental track that effectively sets the tone of the album and is followed by “Void”. This song is a great introduction to Novusolis. Lowe’s sweet yet haunting voice, combined with gut-wrenching lyrics, leaves a mark on you.
“Frozen in my bed again, I’m numb without you. Hollow as my heart can be, you left a void behind you.”
Delicate. Beautiful. Fevered Dreams evokes feelings of longing and desperation, but with a glimpse of shy optimism. The melodies are simple and repetitive, as are the lyrics, yet they keep building upon themselves and manage to keep you captivated throughout the entire album. While the vocals are stunning, Fevered Dreams revolves around its sounds and melodies.
The album’s artwork is a good reflection of its content. Perhaps stuck in the dead of winter, the giant trees are bare. Although some branches are intertwined, there’s a wave of solitude, even sadness. Despite this, there’s a possibility of rebirth in the air, with the impending arrival of spring.
The only downfall of the album is its length. I realize Fevered Dreams is an EP, and although four out of the six songs are over five minutes long, the album leaves me wanting more. Alas, good things come to those who wait. And I can’t wait to see what comes next from Novusolis.
The duo performed two songs at Babylon back in November 2016 while Lowe was opening for Mehdi Cayenne. Their sound is as tight and crisp live as it is recorded. They also played a stunning show at Bar Robo on February 2 as part of Megaphono.
Novusolis will captivate you and entangle you in their web. Their music subtly gets under your skin, and trust me, you’ll want to stay in this feverish haze forever.
You can listen to Novusolis’ Fevered Dreams at novusolis.bandcamp.com. •