Experimental Dream Pop

N NAO – Nos endroits

by Louise Jaunet

Since the release of her experimental dream pop album L’eau et les rêves last spring, N NAO has achieved genuine recognition from the public and the industry thanks to her ritualized, spellbinding, almost mystical performances, even earning herself a place on the prestigious Polaris Prize Long List. The success behind this brilliant audiovisual work is due in particular to her documentary research on fresh water, produced during intimate trips into nature following the recording. 

The haptic and intuitively filmed footage led N NAO to poetically follow the light, the reflections and refractions, in an attempt to get closer to an ineffable object, as if a dream was openly playing the game of showing her what she couldn’t yet see. After “La plus belle chose,” “Tout va bien,” “La fin du monde” and “Lac Léman,” N NAO now presents her fifth extract “Nos endroits,” a sensual slow song about a strange love dialogue written during a mutual healing process, dealing with memory and grief in the wake of a loss. 

From the subconscious melodies composed on guitar, a gentle vulnerability emerges in her auto-tune-coloured voice, and reveals the intimate thoughts of a precious stone rediscovered in the inner lake of her diary: “I’d like you to remember / The places I take you to.” It seems love is what transcends death.

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