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Atraction – NOVELLA: Change of State (Sinderlyn, 2017)

Change of State

Como continuación a su interesante Land (2015), el combo británico Novella publica este año este no menos atractivo Change of State (Sinderlyn, 2017), que en realidad no hace referencia a un cambio de estado musical, ni mucho menos, ya que las chicas se mantienen fieles a su ideario Pop con influencias Kraut, Dream e incluso con esas gotas añejas de Psicodelia sesentera que tan bien le sientan a la mayor parte de sus cortes. Un disco cautivador, producido por James Hoare con ligeros altibajos que le restan una pizca de brillo a un resultado final algo más sobresaliente. 

“Following up a successful debut album is a tricky proposition filled with many possible pitfalls. One way for artists to avoid falling on their faces is to stick with what made their debut albums good, then give things a slight tweak. Novella do a fine job of following this blueprint for success on their second album, Change of State. Their first album, Land, was a hazy psych-pop album with tangled guitars, pulsing rhythms, and some seriously catchy songs, all recorded in a real studio with a big sound to match. The sessions for Change of State took place in producer James Hoare‘s home studio on his old eight-track tape machine. The surroundings and process led to a much more intimate and precise album, with the drums dialed back and the overall mix having a less expansive feel. The more compressed sound allows Hollie Warren‘s vocals to move to the fore, and she makes the most of it. Her expressive and resonant singing was one of the highlights of the first album and she’s even more impressive here, giving the songs a deep emotional impact. The guitar work of Warren and Sophy Hollington (whose impressive artwork graces the album cover) is more tightly locked together, bassistSuki Sou and drummer Iain Laws work together like a well-oiled machine, and the occasional synths add just the right amount of texture. It’s a compact brand of psychedelia, made for late nights and quiet moments with songs that foster introspective reveries and the occasional burst of melancholy. The album rarely goes above a whisper; tracks like “Desert” and “Four Colours” are gently peaceful and pretty, those with motorik underpinnings (“Thun” and “Come In”) percolate calmly, and a couple songs (“Elements,” “A Thousand Feet”) attain the same kind of dream-state psych that Opal or the Rain Parade did at their peak. Only a couple songs (“Does the Island Know,” the jangling “Side by Side”) have any kind of insistent energy, and they help keep the album from floating away on a cloud of pillow-soft sound. Choosing Hoare and his home studio proves to be a pretty brilliant idea and the band sounds great throughout Change of State. The songs, sound, and performances all combine into something that doesn’t exactly improve on what they did on Land, but the album is just as compelling” (All Music)

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16 junio, 2017 Posted by | Novella | Deja un comentario

Novella: Land (Synderlind Records, 2015)

Novella llevan juntos desde que comenzó la década y ha pasado un cierto tiempo preparando este álbum de debut y quizás les ha pillado algo el toro en el intento, pero este primer disco de los londinenses es una auténtica gozada: tiran de Kraut, tiran de Pop-Psicodélico, tiran de Shoegaze, de lisergia, de guitarras epatantes para facturar todo un señor debut que no debería faltar en el rincón de favoritos de este año.

NOVELLA“(…) Land is firmly indebted to them or any other band for that matter. Sure, valid comparisons can be levelled in places. For example, the dense textures on ‘Something Must Change’ rival Loop in their Fade Out phase, while Warren and Hollington’s vocal interchanges recall Miki Berenyi and Emma Anderson of Lush at their most effervescent, particularly on the pensive ‘Sentences’ and reflective ‘Again You Try Your Luck’.
What’s most interesting about Land is how Novella’s development can be traced through the inclusion of three tracks from Murmurs. The lead song off that EP ‘Blue Swallow’ (then titled ‘Blue Swallows’) takes on an altogether new persona here. Opening with a fractured drumbeat that echoes the one used by The Beatles on ‘Tomorrow Never Knows’, it goes on to encounter a series of twists and turns over the next five minutes, rendering it Novella’s most ambitious creation to date. Likewise ‘Phrases’, formerly an instrumental on the 2013 EP. Mesmeric and dreamy in parts, galloping in others. “I can’t do the things I used to…” declares Warren as poignancy fills the air. Album opener ‘Follow’ also gets a makeover here. Tucked away as the third track on Murmurs a year-and-a-half ago, it finds itself revitalised as the driving force and guiding light into Land‘s unchartered waters. Both pulsating in delivery and haunting in execution, it sets the scene incisively for the rest of the album.
Of course there will be murmurs (pardon the pun) that Novella may have missed the boat. That Land‘s gestation period could have been realised a tad earlier. But then that could also work in the band’s favour, as rather than get trampled among the umpteen psych rock releases this past year, they’ve delivered a record that stands alone and away from the crowd. Only time will tell what the next instalment holds, but for now Land is a fitting document for the first chapter of Novella’s fascinating evolution” (Drowned in Sound)

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28 julio, 2015 Posted by | Novella | Deja un comentario

Novella: Follow (Italian Beach Babes, Single, 2013)

Este es un tema tremendo que encontré por la red hace algún tiempo. Novella son un grupo londinense. Está extraído de un Ep llamado Murmurs. La intensidad Psicodélica-Drone de este Follow es absolutamente arrebatadora.


“London based UK band Novella are releasing an EP ahead of their debut album which should come out next year,Murmurs EP gives us a taste of what’s to come and is out on the Italian Beach Babes label this month. Released as a cassestte tape, the EP consists of four new songs all recorded in one day by Jack Cooper (Mazes) and Mark Jasper at SoundSavers in Homerton, London.
Made up of Hollie Warren on guitar/vocals, Sophy Hollington on guitar, Suki Sou on Bass and Iain Laws on the drums, Novella make grungy, DIY sounding pop rock that sounds like something from The Shop Assistants or The Vaselines with Warren’s soft vocals swimming through C86 style guitar and drums.
“Blue Swallows” opens with thrashes of guitar and is sure to be a lo-fi crowd pleaser with the catchy chorus and leaping melodies. Oh blue swallows, a clouds hover, the sun shimmers…the sky swallows it all”. “Phrases” is a subtle, building track, which swells and peaks in a guitar heavy riff session – showing off their instrumental potential, the song is yet to have any vocals.
“Follow” is a slow builder and full of more lo-fi guitar, Warren sings; “I see your life, you can despise no-one, no-one, I hear true lies, can we disguise again?” and the chorus; “And we can follow, and you can follow again… Tell me for time, this life again, to die, true life”. The last song on the EP “Slow Mary” is a slower version of their Shangri-La’s inspired single “Mary’s Gun” which came out last year. Hypnotic drum beats and a tinkle from a tambourine complete the feel; “Hold me in your, hold me in your, hold me in your tiny hands” repeats.
Novella’s Murmurs EP is guitar loveliness, grungy attitude and a timeless lo-fi sound. The band is due to go into the studio at the end of this year to record their new album and this will certainly be one to look out for!” (Northern Transmissions)

4 junio, 2014 Posted by | Novella | Deja un comentario


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