London based Novella provide a soul warming slab of indie rock with a psychedelic tinge. Returning to Sinderlyn with a follow up album to their debut Land, Change Of State is a reflection on returning from touring to a very different Britain, politically and socially. Stripping back to bare basics by recording straight to 8-track with James Hoare of Veronica Falls adds an exposed charm.
8/10 Clinton Staff review, 14 February 2017I tell you who I’m worried about. James Hoare’s neighbours. So many records seem to be recorded in the Veronica Falls lad’s bedroom these days. Let’s hope he lives in a detached house. The latest people to make a right racket in there are Novella, the Brighton based band who play a sort of sweet Stereolab/Electrelane type hybrid pop that could start to sound pretty nice. Though there are some production limitations in recording their second album in James’ bedroom (the drums sound like they are being hit with a matchstick) Novella more than make up for their toy town with some pretty nice tunes. They’ve definitely stepped up their songwriting from their debut ‘Land’. The title track belts along with a joyousness that could be visualised by watching a dog out on it’s first walk of spring, the vocals are so sweet though as is ‘Desert’ with a lovely descending chord sequence. Parts of the album remind me of the early ‘80s strumming of the Marine Girls with gorgeous summery harmonies ladled over jazzy rhythms and gently strummed guitars. It’s a delicious sound which doesn’t smack you in the face but slowly claws you into their world. There’s a 60’s veneer similar to that of the Clientele but they also veer into the world of murky kraut on ‘Come In’ which sounds like the Silver Apples fronted by Jane Weaver. It’s an impressive little record and Novella have really upped their game since their debut. Good to see.
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