Nica Libres At Dusk

Album: Noonday Dream (2018)


  • Named for the Nicaraguan rum cocktail Nica Libre, which Ben Howard found himself consuming rather a lot of, this song was written in part in the south of France. Howard described the meandering composition to the BBC as being "a sort of an invitation to dream."

    Somewhere she dreams, somewhere she is dreaming
    Of Caribbean Nica Libres
    At dusk

    Howard said the guitar ballad has "a few floating ideas with no answer to them and not to write with a finality to anything. It is quite an open ended song."
  • "Nica Libres" won Best Song Musically and Lyrically at the 2019 Ivor Novello Awards. The judges described the track as striking a genuine emotional chord with the listener.
  • The music video was filmed and directed by Howard with Australian cinematographer Allan Wilson in North Africa's Atlas Mountains.


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