Friday, November 11, 2022

Nico Paulo - "Now or Never"

Photo by Sarah Kierstead

Nico Paulo was born in Canada, spent much of her childhood in Portugal, and is now back in Newfoundland. Her new single, "Now or Never," is based in Tropilcalia, but is more of a standard singer/songwriter track with pop elements. Despite the Tropicalia vibe, "Now or Never" reminds me a lot of Jeff Buckley. It has that same gorgeous quality, and has this epic feel despite being a relatively simple song. The harmonizing and background vocals are the true stars of the song and give it a truly unique and captivating quality. This song is guaranteed to suck you in even if you would never normally listen to anything described as Tropicalia.

Nico Paulo says of her new single:

"The lyric 'kiss me now or never, hold me close or let me go,” is one of the first lines I wrote and it has stayed relevant to my experiences ever since. This line has haunted me for almost a decade and recent experiences of loss and reconstructing of the self helped me to finally transform it into a song."

You can watch the video for "Now or Never" below. Nico Paulo's self-titled album is due out April 1 via Forward Music Group, and can be pre-ordered over at Bandcamp. For more on Nico Paulo, check out the artist's Instagram.

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