At their heart, all musicians are storytellers. And Nova Sono has a story to tell.
When Joanna Lussenburg and Tobin H. Nilsson first met at a dance in the winter of 2015, they both clicked instantly, bonding over their childhoods in deeply musical families, Joanna from a long line of Dutch painters and musicians, and Tobin raised in Spain, learning to play on a century-old grand piano that survived the first world war. They formed a relationship and a musical partnership soon after that. They played and wrote and they grew. That summer, the greatest struggle they’ve ever faced as people, friends and lovers, arose.
Joanna started her multiyear struggle with Anorexia Nervosa.
They began taking a step back from music, and for a while, started to lose themselves. But they rallied around their extensive talent together, and started playing; not for others, but for themselves. And they grew.
The struggles with an eating disorder have left scars on Tobin and Joanna, but also left both with a different attitude towards life, which is imbued with Tobin's emotion driven work on the piano, with the deep and emotional lyrics of Joanna, along with her hauntingly beautiful voice. Together, they have grown closer than ever, and now have a mission to destigmatize mental health, and express honest life experiences through their music.
Nova Sono’s debut EP, Moving On, releases in late 2019, written and laid bare in a dreamy cinematic tone, intertwined with lyrics that speak to different stages of affection, loss, hope, betrayal, rage, and resilience in the face of overwhelming odds.