David Norbery’s newest single under the moniker Nomen Novum is a lesson in composition. The crisp experimentalism which pushes boundaries without losing its identity is evidence of the time Norbery took to prune and shape the upcoming record ATLANTVM down to nine tracks from what was originally planned to be a double album.
“Hidden Acres” offers glimpses of Nomen Novum’s creative process through gentle musical shifts and a slow build of synth wash. On top of it all, the expansive guitar solo aids the impact of Norbery’s often airy phrasing. More direct than previous efforts, this track is surprisingly serious for the artist who graced us with an electropop cover of Disturbed’s “Down with the Sickness.”
Norbery was inspired by the haunted industrial landscapes of Doraville while writing the upcoming record and throughout the nine tracks he seeks to the discover the unusual within the mundane. Despite the gripping realism, there is still a dreaminess which acts as a foil to the visceral nature of Norbery’s subject matter. The end result is a maturity in “Hidden Acres” that bodes well for ATLANTVM. Listen below.
ATLANTVM is out March 25 via Deer Bear Wolf. Pre-orders are available now.
Nomen Novum will celebrate the release of ATLANTVM on Saturday, March 26 at 529. Also performing will be FiatNil, Anticipation, Pamela_and her sons, and Warning Light. Doors open at 9 p.m. Admission is $8.