After meeting in November 2013, Ed Tullett and Novo Amor (Ali Lacey) quickly began writing to form the basis of what is now Heiress, their full-length collaborative record (released 10 November).
Recorded around the release of their two widely lauded collaborative singles (Faux, 2014 and Alps, 2016), the pair worked sporadically in intense week-long sessions in Cardiff spilling over Lacey’s old and new home-studios, tearing songs down and building them back up again. Heiress is noticeably the product of nearly 4 years work – sprawling, ambitious and strikingly deep, it’s a collection of songs both meticulously calculated and deeply felt. The record swings between delicate, poetic falsetto and vast walls of towering beauty – something single Cavalry does all on its own. Silvery is a vital, grandiose inauguration, and the magical Terraform a celebratory realisation that you’re back on your own Earth again.
Both are solo artists in their own right – Welsh alt-folk artist Novo Amor’s second EP Bathing Beach, was released in May after a string of stunning self-released singles, whilst Oxford-born and Brighton-bred songwriter and producer Ed Tullett’s 2016 album Fiancé precedes a flurry of upcoming solo, collaborative and production work.