Love will set you free; all you need is love; with love, you can do anything – forget the cliches. They may have been true of a simpler time but in the anything-goes digital era, handy, one-size-fits-all palliatives are insincere and worse, untrue. Nomance, the long-awaited EP by Singapore-born, New York City-based singer slodown, is a simmering, shimmering acknowledgement of this. It’s a powerful opus – it will touch many hearts. Though forged by Singaporeans – it was produced by Yllis, the former Monster Cat frontman who also calls NYC home now – it burns with a hushed intensity that is world-destined.
R&B is a very unforgiving form. Its only standard is gold. But throughout Nomance‘s six songs, slo will have you know that it’s not just about that. As a writer, he’s both knowing and unsparingly honest; as a singer, he documents some of the most harrowing emotional experiences love subjects its victims to with earthy, voluptuous soul; the kind of soul that gives you the faith to keep going only to get hurt again. But that’s what it is: There has never been a moment where the totality of love’s soaring highs and plummeting lows is more intoxicating. Like the souls in Nomance, we’re all punch-drunk.
The lead heralds “Khaled” and “Nomance feat. Jasmine Sokko” have been percolating online for some time now. But this full reveal puts everything into perspective. In an official release, slo states that, “Initially written as a short film idea, the narrative of Nomance ends up in a loop, with the opening scene of the first song also being the final scene of the last song. This loop represents the vicious cycle many relationships fall into today, especially amongst youths of the ‘Tinder generation'”.
‘Compromise’ is not in this project’s vocabulary. Brace yourself for how real it gets.
Listen to Nomance below.