Noveller is filmmaker Sarah Lipstate’s solo musical project, in which she extracts whole oceans of sound from her electric guitar. A Pink Sunset For No One is a broad selection of her sound: Noveller is probably best known as a drone artist, but this album gets involved in territory that goes as far as psychedelic rock. CD / LP release on Fire.
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So excited was I, a month ago on hearing of a new Noveller album, that I actually asked Clint in advance if I could review this one. I’m so glad I did. Filmmaker and musician Sarah Lipstate has been blessing us with her gracious solo guitar project for just over a decade now (there are two or three early CDr and cassette releases still out there, often fetching £££’s on the ‘scogs) and on ‘Pink Sunset’ she expands the horizons of her panoramic vision even further. In fact it’s mind-boggling to me that all the sounds on the record are wrangled out of an electric guitar. With the help of a few pedals. Those effective pedals -- Sarah has a fine array in her collection now and she likes to demonstrate them regularly on her Instagram channel. Go and have a quick gander and you’ll see why.
But oh God, this album is beautiful. Opener ‘Deep Shelter’ broadcasts its spaceship sounds that mutate into soft, low woodwind instruments slow waltzing with an organ… swirls of kaleidoscopic guitar ring out and orbit these headphone-covered ears. Gorgeous textures abound -- flood, really -- all coming to a head on the almost shoegazey ‘Lone Victory Tonight’ -- those ‘experimental’ / ‘drone’ epithets not even beginning to do adjectival justice to Lipstate’s truly psychedelic sound and scope. The sort of music that will have you seeing colours when you close your eyes, even if you’re not actually synesthetic. And let’s be honest here, that’s most of us.
‘Trails and Trials’ cycles through the simplest of finger-picked guitar, looping, stretching, layering more distorted frequencies over the top, reaching out to the farthest reaches of the cosmos. On A Pink Sunset for No One, the shamanic Noveller beckons seductively for you to join her realm on the sparsely populated planet, Guitar Magic. I’d go with that urge, ASAP.
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