November Medicine is the record that pulled Nealo out of the basement. It was hard won, dragged out of himself
during a particularly difficult period in his life. While his debut album was a celebration of learning to love and contribute to the
neglected city he was born into, his sophomore LP taught him how to love himself, how to celebrate himself. Across nine songs and
four voice notes, Nealo lays everything out. With a voice that's smoked a million cigarettes and screamed through a hundred hardcore
shows he offers up himself, the end of his ten year relationship, his depression and his determination to heal. His honesty is severe
and his tone is warm.
Collaboration is at the heart of this record, and feels like a guiding philosophy for the Nealo project. We hear his spirit repair as
friends lend a voice, a word and a shoulder. Morgana enters first in 'Forest', counting steps to get through the winter. Jehnova's bars
on 'Tears You Cry' sound like a soothing friend, tired from picking up the pieces but ever reliable "Everything connected on a level
based on frequency". Rebel Phoenix's raw and reassuring tones promise new seasons beginning until a burst of joy in the form of
'Cereal', the song which wears itself the lightest, feels as though the gang is back together, "looking for a miracle".
November Medicine, which begins in the basement, ends in the urban expanse of Blanch. Only Human, the final track, is the weather
vane on the top of the highest house in the suburbs. It promises love in all forms; for oneself, for family, for the graves and for the
children. This is more than a record, it is a reckoning with what it means to be a father, a son, a friend, an ex husband and a good
person. What is always there, beneath the shouts and intricate wordplay is a desire to rebuild, to grow further towards the sun. There
seems to be a promise; that Nealo will continue to take his November Medicine.
Progressive and filled with heart, November Medicine is unlike any other.