Today, progressive duo Nova Charisma have shared “Gemini” – the lead single from their upcoming release Exposition II, out December 6th on Equal Vision Records. “Gemini” showcases a lush sonic soundscape incorporating spacey electronic elements with bursting guitars and singer Donovan Melero’s signature vocal-style. Lyrically, the song is about falling back in love with someone that you know you shouldn’t and was heavily inspired by The Offspring’s 1992 classic “Session”. The accompanying visual for the track, directed by Raul Gonzo (IDKHOW, PVRIS), explores the notion of creating an alternate reality through the use of illusions propelled by bold color and geometric shapes.
Following on the heels of Nova Charisma’s debut, Exposition I, the vinyl for which sold out this summer before fans heard even a single note of music, Exposition II finds the duo of Donovan Melero (Hail The Sun) and Sergio Medina (Royal Coda) continuing to push the boundaries of artistic expression. Produced by Mike Watts, Exposition II dives into the idea of the chase – whether it’s chasing someone you shouldn’t, being chased by a figure in a nightmare or chasing after something you want and not getting it. There’s a sense of urgency, isolation and disillusionment found throughout the four-song collection.“Diary (Don’t Speak)” leads with an eerie tone accentuated by lyrics based on the fear of secrets being revealed after one’s death. “Hoxton”, in it’s abruptness, still manages to bring something fresh to the listener’s ear and the collection’s closer, “Sonya”, find the duo drawing from their post-hardcore roots with spastic tempo changes and high-pitched vocals wailing at the chorus.
The band will also headline five shows across some of their favorite cities in North America this December. All online ticket sales include a download of Exposition II upon release and a full list of tour dates can be found below. Exposition II is available for preorder here now and you can watch the video for “Gemini” here.
On the release, Donovan Melero stated:
“Exposition II came together in a secluded area in the quiet city of Port Jefferson, NY. This collection of songs illustrated a departure from the chaotic instrumentation that we have always aligned ourselves with. “Gemini” represents this step on new ground.”
12/14 Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction
12/18 San Antonio, TX @ Paper Tiger
12/19 Cambridge, MA @ Middle East
12/20 Brooklyn, NY @ Elsewhere
12/22 Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen