Neoma — Greek for new moon — tells me that she’s obsessed with the moon as she points to her tattoo on her forearm. A simple and small tattoo of each phase of the lunar body etched in a straight line from her wrist towards her elbow. She opened up immediately about how she was a bit conflicted about moving to America only because her fans were nervous that she would start recording her music in English. The move that lingered over her was fueled by the need to take a chance that she believed would help her evolve in the ways she saw fit for the career she envisioned. One thing about Neoma that is instantly noticed for anyone who may meet her is the amount of care she put in everything that has to do with her career and ultimate passion in life. The move from Ecuador to the states was only stifled for a bit because she kept her fans in mind, but soon she inevitably made the choice to make the big transition. Now, Neoma is based in the states and from what I gather from her social media videos and the few conversations we have had about her upcoming album — she is fully enchanted and inspired to create in the mile-high city.
Carla started her musical career just two years ago at the blossoming age of sixteen. Now, eighteen-years-old, she has resonated fully in love with the beauty, power, and inspiration of the music that she given birth to. Her goal, in the beginning, was to connect with others in an artistic way that would lead to bigger and broader ranks, expanding beyond what she felt kept her in a box in her home town due to classist objectification. “People do support art,” she explains about living as an artist in Ecuador, “but people judge you if you don’t have a ‘good’ last name and that was me.” “I made this artistic part of me by myself because this is what I wanted to be… I saw the chance to grow more [musically] here than I did in Ecuador,” she tells me about the sheer simplicity of the entity she created known as Neoma. Again, she reveals the connection she has to the moon is somehow always being represented in her music and identity.
The essence of her style, both in fashion and in music, is personified perfectly in the music video for her song Real, which drew me in as a listener. “If I had to describe my fashion it would be androgynous yet feminine,” commenting on the Neoma aesthetic and the way she likes to present herself. The energy that follows her when she walks into a room is the defining element or DNA of what Neoma’s style is. As an observer, the subtle romanticism that her music fosters furthermore enhances the “Neoma ethos” that encapsulates her visually and artistically.
As for her music, she mentions the word Goddess multiple times referencing the vibes she has compiled from the moon and its feminine energy. It guides me to think about her song Lunares, the first song she ever recorded. She tells me that the song is about introducing herself to the music world. Like the moon and all its shifting phases, she too was going through a transitional moment in her life when she wrote the lyrics. “Lunares is about introducing myself to the music world — the song says ‘I can recover her color and her special light. It's killing me,' I was experiencing a big change in my life — I was down.”
From her first song Lunaresto the music she is writing now, she finds herself in the middle of recording her first ever full-length album. “This album is a new concept for me. I started writing music in English and now I’m feeling connected to my music in two different languages,” Neoma humbly admits. “I’ve been focusing on the whole sense of the album and how I want people to feel and how I want it to sound," the singer continues to describe her album. "It's about changes, challenges, and growth. It talks about un-corresponding love, true love, and toxic love."
The anticipation that her fans have for the album is something that even Neoma has mentioned to be powerful, overwhelming, but inspiring. She tells me that she has an idea for the name of her album, El Abismo which translates to The Abyss. "At this certain point in my life, I was between running or jumping to make a decision between doing it or not. That moment in my life was what inspired the concept of the album." The name is yet to be set in stone as she reveals the English songs are giving birth to an entirely new discovery of the project. For now, we have tracks like Lila, Juegos, Real, and Lunares to keep us on our toes as we wait for her to announce both the release date of the album and the “new” Neoma.