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Over the past three months, we’ve featured singles by a new trio from Beijing, China – Nova Heart. Their singles “Lackluster No” and “We Are Golden” were sultry numbers enshrouded in industrial, post-rock, and minimalist ’80s pop-rock. The music resulted in them receiving comparisons to Blondie, in particular with front woman Helen Feng’s deep vocals. These two songs were just the tip of the iceberg of what was to come. That anticipation was their self-titled, debut album, which dropped on Friday.

In a word, Nova Heart is dazzling. It is a pulsating, quietly cathartic trip, where in one instance you’re spiraling into psychedelic state, particularly on the fantastic “Evil”, or sent into hypnosis only to be awakened by the gorgeous cascade of sound, as heard on the stunning “My Song 9” and the aforementioned “Lackluster No” and “We Are Golden”. Then there is the ultra-cool “No Controversy”, a groovy and funk-infused piece of sublime electro-pop.

On the songs where the band takes on an edgier sound, they retain the mesmerizing sound. The brilliant “Queen is Dead” is a combination of Debbie Harry meets Shirley Manson and a song that Karen O would write. “Right Wrong” has a quintessential 80s pop-rock vibe. On this number, the band channels Pat Benatar and Laura Brannigan, and it’s outrageously good.

Nova Heart’s album is one that sneaks up on you. Before you know it, you’ll be spinning it over and over and over again. It’s not just one of the best under-the-radar albums of the year but one of the year’s best.

Nova Heart are Bo Xuan (bass), Shi Lu a.k.a. Atom (drums), and former MTV VJ Helen Feng (vocals, keys).

Nova Heart is out now via FakeLoveMusic.

Website – nova-heart.com/home
Facebook – Nova Heart
Twitter – @NovaHeartMusic

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