Exclusive Premiere: Discovering an electro-pop universe in Ro Nova’s “Cyanide”
Falling sonically like drops of liquid, electronic beats bounce across the opening lines of Ro Nova’s new single “Cyanide.” The electronic pulse gives way to a sashaying collection of synth lines both confident and distinct, as Nova notices someone across the room from her: a new poison. In the track, independent lines of synth intertwine effortlessly to embody feelings of infatuation, lust, and living for the night.
The tone shifts throughout too, starting off as something light and sweet but taking on a slightly more dangerous and multilayered theme as the song progresses. The change matches the lyrical shift from one of pure infatuation to die-hard thrill-seeking through relationships with Nova singing, “I’m playing, I’m chasing traffic lights, feel safe when I’m holding dynamite,” but also expressing she’s unsure of herself singing, “I hide my eyes so I don’t seem weak.” As Nova puts it, “Cyanide describes the desire to find danger and be kept on the edge. It’s about finding solace in seeking thrills.”
Nova’s soft yet intense singing, almost at a whisper, with the synth and club beats constantly morphing in tone throughout makes for a musical interplay that is smooth and alive. The cyber track is from a feminine, electro-pop universe Nova seems to know well, as well as a synth-driven ode to nightlife. While “Cyanide” is a pop-infused success for Nova, she’s someone that’s no stranger to the word already. She’s been making Y2k techno tracks that sparkle and entice for a few years.
The up-and-coming UK artist and producer is now even set to head out on two European tours this year with some high-profile acts, just as she just got off a tour with the legend Tom Jones last year. She’s also worked with top acts like Fred Again.. and RAYE in the past. Her latest release “Silver” was released on New Year’s Eve and reflects that same distinct club-synth tone. Listen to her newest release “Cyanide” below.