Billy Nomates comes to the lovely La Nau venue in Barcelona, on Wednesday, March 20th, just when a new spring is starting, and just a few dates into her current European tour, after a leg in France.
Nomates is presenting her sophomore record, Cacti, a more complicated, layered and dense affair than her debut, which also sees a change in style and attitude. It’s not that the Bristolian stopped being feisty and sort of confrontational, but she displays a different energy in her second record. She sings way more (beautifully, by the way), the general feeling is more reflective, and the songs have a wider range of melodies and sounds as they’re not as schematic as before.
Tor Maries (her real name) is all for experimenting and, with Cacti, she followed a similar approach to her debut: writing and putting the base for all tracks at home and then going to the Invada Records studio and using everything and anything she could think of until she got the result she wanted.
Her experiences during the pandemic and the fact that COVID came at a time when she was starting to gain momentum are part of what we can hear in her music, but also romantic self-sabotage and the way we fit in these strange times. All with real energy and electricity.
And this is what we’ll all see live during her European tour and also in Barcelona, of course: an artist more comfortable in her own skin, energetic, irresistible, alone onstage facing the audience, dancing, singing, playing the guitar, her blonde long hair flickering though the lighting, looking into her fans’ eyes and telling them, “This is me. It’s raw and that’s the way I like it!”.
In Barcelona, the British singer will be supported by local talent Alan Neil.
Italy, Germany, Denmark and the UK are other countries on her European tour.
Watch the video to the “Cacti” song “Blue Bones”: