Shara Nova, the classically trained vocalist and self-taught multi-instrumentalist who records dazzling, shapeshifting music as My Brightest Diamond, has always felt like an outsider. Over the course of four groundbreaking albums, she has resisted the conventions of genre, blending elements of rock, art pop, and chamber music into a sound totally her own. While fiercely independent, she like everyone else, still desires connectedness. This tension is at the core of her new album—A Million And One—where she has once again reinvented herself. Stripping away her classical orchestrations, Nova takes a harder look at song form—drawing on a body of influences from her teen years listening to Detroit radio and beyond, the sound stretches the edge of electronic and pop. A Million And One is a profoundly beautiful album from an artist at the top of her game.