ALBUM REVIEW: Billy Nomates – CACTI | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Released: 13.01.23







Kicking off with the ferocious synthy indie rock Balance Is Gone, it’s clear from the first moments of CACTI that Billy Nomates shows little apprehension in deciding how to follow her critically acclaimed debut.

Spanning a number of genres and textures, Tor Maries uses the synth-driven ambiance of Goldfrapp and DeConstruction-era Kylie (as evidenced on Black Curtains In The Bag and CACTI), the 80’s pop punk production of Joan Jett (the excellent Spite) and the unique indie-pop-rock-synth sound of her debut (as on standout Vertigo) to produce a classic album that is as diverse as it is potent. Weaving through narratives about mental health, equality, unfulfilled relationships and political misgivings, Marie’s lyrical focus is as sharp as her musical prowess. Another superb record.  


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