Now Ex is an alt pop band from East London and the musical pseudonym for singer-songwriter and film director Nick Hampson. Nick started the band as both an outlet for his songwriting, but also a vehicle for creating music for his own upcoming feature films. NowEx has a distinct cinematic quality to its sound, partly due to Nick’s background as a classically trained musician and singer as well as lyrics that are honest and poetic about life as a young person living in a metropolis. NowEx is in collaboration with friend and film composer, Harry Brokensha. Together they have created an EP which encapsulates a cinematic pop soundscape, with no two tracks sounding the same but yet a distinct uniformity.
The first single from their upcoming EP release, ‘No Coming With You’, is an honest and relatable story with clear influences from James Blake and The Japanese House as it displays an atmospheric aesthetic, whilst still maintaining an electronic drive which keeps you hooked throughout.
“This song is about a fast paced affair between two people who have recently come out of long term relationships that ended for different reasons. Although full of lust and excitement for something new, perhaps even illusions of love, they both know that it can’t last and that they will ultimately be alone again.” – Nick Hampson, NowEx
The NowEx debut EP, due out later this year, is alternative pop at the intersection of electronic and orchestral, giving it an unusual but infectious quality. No two songs quite sound the same and there is rarely a specific genre underpinning it. The music is glued together by Hampson’s versatile, often soaring vocals and honest lyrical style with tracks that take on an orchestral flare and electronic energy making them unmistakably alt pop songs, with their singable choruses and fresh, synth-heavy pop production. Thematically, this is what might typically be called a ‘break up EP’, with many of the songs in some way a reflection of a disintegrated relationship. But it’s never quite as simple as that, and many broader themes run through the music. As the name NowEx suggests, time is a core theme at the heart of the music and is very often a commodity that’s running out. Although it has an overriding darkness tonally, there is also an optimism present in the music. The cyclic nature of behaviour and time starts as a negative observation. But as the EP evolves it later becomes a comforting and continual presence, resulting in a sort of peace being found, even if temporary.