Novella, of sunny Brighton, are devoted '60s counterculture fans, and they aren’t afraid to display that in their music. Land is their debut album, and it brings together the two opposing ends of that sphere of influence: the acid-blasted riffing and the blissed psychedelic pop. Arrives neatly in the present day via the likes of Stereolab and Broadcast, Land is released by Sinderlyn and Captured Tracks.
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They come from Brighton and are influenced by Stereolab and Broadcast. That’s pretty much all you need know about Novella to form a picture in your mind as to what they are going to sound like.
They hark back to the mid ‘90’s kraut poppers sound which made moderate successes of the likes of Electrelane, Quickspace and Prolapse though on first listen I’m not hearing anything in Novella’s music that will push them to the front of the already overwhelmed indie rock queue. It’s not until third track ‘Sentences’ where they do anything different to what has gone before….and even here it’s very easy to spot the similarities to records by Lush and Jane Weaver.
‘Land Gone’ is a neat pulsating kraut-strumental, ‘Blue Swallows’ a ‘Tomorrow Never Knows’ style piece of drone space folk and the band play tight and true throughout but the records lack of originality could be the thing that holds them back.
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