Spoons: Nova Heart NETHERLANDS 7″ 
- Nova Heart
I was very lucky to come across Canadian band Spoons when I did. It was the first year or so of MTV and one afternoon, I happened to catch part of a video that was completely entrancing. Not so much the video, I quite frankly can’t remember any of it, but the song itself was simply stunning. “Nova Heart” featured a yearning, soaring melody that was impeccably produced by John [Roxy Music, Japan] Punter. The clarity and precision of the arrangement and recording was heavily reliant on Roland equipment, specifically the Jupiter 4 polysynth. The drums were built around rhythm box output and the heavily treated guitar added to the lush silkiness of the cut.
I wasted no time in getting the album from which this single came, but that’s another day, another blog. Suffice to say, that this track was enough to sustain an ongoing love of Spoons to this day. The band were convened in the studio and having recorded the single “Symmetry,” they needed to produce a B-side. “Nova Heart” was the candidate and producer Punter quickly recognized that a killer A-side was in the making, relegating “Symmetry” to B-side status. A lovely problem to have if you are in a band, yes?
“Symmetry” is a Moroderesque piece of autobahn music built on fast-paced repeating waveforms that sound like an amped up, popper take on the same sound that Punter achieved with Japan in their “Quiet Life” era. The singsong synth lines of Rob Preuss sound sprightly, childlike and playful against the earnest vocals and ringing guitars of Gordon Deppe. The track’s secret weapon is bassist Sandy Horne’s “Star Trek” vocals which float above the fray at half the tempo of the song’s actual rhythms for a fascinating counterpoint to all of the frantic energy in the song.
I only ever came across this single in a Netherlands pressing eleven years ago in the best record store I’ve ever visited. One of these days I need to obtain the Canadian 12″ of this single, because while I have the [even-more-of-a-great-thing] 12″ version of “Nova Heart” on my “Collectable Spoons” CD comp, the B-side of that single is an extended version of “Symmetry.” Sadly, I’ve only ever seen the ubiquitous US promo 12″ which loses the B-side entirely.
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