My Brightest Diamond examines self-discovery through communal groove on her new song “It’s Me on the Dance Floor.” The whirlwind track previews singer-songwriter Shara Nova’s upcoming fifth studio album, A Million and One, out November 23rd via Rhyme & Reason Records.
The single opens with an eerie organ section and a steady, programmed kick drum pulse. “I’m all alone, turn the lights low,” Nova croons over fragmented backing vocals. “Maybe it’s me, it’s me I’m looking for/ It’s me, it’s me on the dance floor,” she sings, as the song blooms into a jerky, syncopated chorus with palm-muted electric guitars.
Nova recorded A Million and One with producer Anthony “The Twilite Zone” Khan (Gorillaz, Kanye West) and engineer Andrew Scheps (Adele, Lana Del Rey). In a statement about the record, which follows 2014’s This Is My Hand, she explored the track’s themes of physicality and inward searching.
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“What’s my relationship to my body like, without respect to how someone else perceives it?” she mused. “I wanted to write a dance song that wasn’t about hooking up with someone, or looking outside myself for something, but about finding myself through movement, exploring my own body. Sometimes I will go to a club and don’t want to be distracted by everyone else’s energy, but I want to dance hard, so I face the wall, playing with what shadows I can create, not caring if other people watch, or don’t watch. How hard can I push myself until my body is completely exhausted on the dance floor and then in the exhausted state; how can I find other kinds of movements?”
Nova – who lived outside of Detroit, Michigan as a teenager and returned to the city in 2008 – crafted A Million and One partly as a tribute to Detroit and its influence on her formative years. “The album examines the quest for my individuality and the search for a deeper relationship to my body, my neighbors and to the planet,” she said.
My Brightest Diamond will promote the LP with a winter North American tour featuring indie-pop band Stars. That trek, which follows a run of international dates, launches December 2nd in Minneapolis, Minnesota and wraps the 16th in Montreal, Canada.