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Billy Nomates Announces Second Album 'Cacti', Posts New Single Balance Is Gone

Monday, 12 September 2022 Written by Jon Stickler

Photo: Eddie Whelan

Billy Nomates has announced her second album.

The Bristol-based songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist, whose real name is Tor Maries, will release 'Cacti' on January 13 via Invada Records. 

The follow-up to her 2020 self-titled debut was recorded between her flat and Bristol's Invada Studios, and she describes it as her most honest, open personal project yet: "70-80% of being bold is about being vulnerable as hell." She added:

"Writing 'Cacti' took just over a year. I wrote very intensely and then none at all. (This seems to be the way I work best). I picked up old drum machines, mapped out things in my kitchen with the same small micro keyboard I always use and then raided the cupboards and rooms at Invada Studios, to play and experiment with old synths, an upright piano, this weird organ thing. I hope everyone finds their own narrative in 'Cacti'. I think it's about surviving it all."

The record is previewed by the new single Balance Is Gone, a swirling fusion of alt-pop and post-punk, propelled by driving beats. Maries said: "It's a lot to ask, balance. Does anybody feel on kilter? Has anybody achieved all that harmony? I don’t think it’s a unique chase. And some days, it’s good to acknowledge it got up and left the room."

Head below to view the accompanying video directed by NWSPK. It marks the second preview of the album, following April's Blue Bones. Billy Nomates will support the LP with a headline UK tour in November. Tickets are on sale.

'Cacti' tracklist:

1. Balance Is Gone
2. Black Curtains In The Bag
3. Blue Bones (Deathwish)
4. Cacti
5. Saboteur Forcefield
6. Roundabout Sadness
7. Spite
8. Fawner
9. Same Gun
10. Vertigo
11. Apathy Is wild
12. Blackout Signal

Billy Nomates Upcoming Tour Dates are as follows

Tue November 22 2022 - LONDON Village Underground
Wed November 23 2022 - OXFORD Bullingdon
Thu November 24 2022 - CAMBRIDGE Mash
Sat November 26 2022 - NORWICH Norwich Arts Centre
Sun November 27 2022 - SHEFFIELD Leadmill
Mon November 28 2022 - STOKE Sugarmill
Tue November 29 2022 - LIVERPOOL Arts Club Theatre
Thu December 01 2022 - BRISTOL Bristol Trinity
Sat December 03 2022 - FALMOUTH Cornish Bank

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