Shara Nova says her upcoming My Brightest Diamond album, A Million And One, is all about the body -- and dancing. And there are plenty of bodies in the video for its first single, "It's Me on the Dance Floor," premiering exclusively below.
"I'm still learning how to have a really deep relationship to dance music and connect to my own body in a different way," Nova tells Billboard. "So the beginning impetus for the record was, okay, I want to keep exploring the concept of the body, through movement -- that's the voice and the drums and how they intertwine and interrelate." The combination of a strict religious upbringing in Ypsilanti, Mich., and subsequent classical training also complicated Nova's relationship to dance music.
"It's about me establishing a relationship to myself as a dancer -- not as a sinful thing that would lead to sexual deviancy, so you dare not move your hips," she explains. "And then also being a female singer, if I was singing and dancing I would be minimized for my brain and couldn't be taken seriously as a composers and songwriter. So for many, many years I stopped dancing. I stopped feeling like I could put movement in music and still be taken seriously. Now I'm at a point where I don't need to be worried how people are perceiving me. I can't NOT move.