We’ve featured Novella a few times over the last couple of years after catching them on tour with Dum Dum Girls. Their debut album ‘Land’ has been a long time coming but based on the first track to emerge , ‘Land Gone’ it sounds like it will have been worth the wait.

The quintet consisting of dual guitarists Hollie Warren and Sophy Hollington, alongside bassist Suki Sou, Iain Laws on drums and newest recruit keyboardist Isabel Spurgeon sound more focussed than ever, with a spiralling, slice of electrifying pop-gaze.  They still sound like a classic 4AD band, in the vein of Lush or Pale Saints (especially when Meriel Barham replaced Ian Masters’ somewhat ‘insubstantial’ whimpering ), but the delivery and arrangements are the hallmark of a band who subtly use their influences to build their own sound.  ‘Land Gone’ does sound like a big leap forward sonically and suggests Novella  have a newfound sense of cohesion and confidence.  It also benefits from having the vocals pushed higher up the mix and the captivating fusion of shimmering coruscating guitars, set against understated shoegaze atmospherics and ending with a mini psych-jam.  Utterly marvellous.

‘Land’  is due out on Sinderlyn, Captured Tracks’ sister label, on 12th May.


Something Must Change
Two Ships
Land Gone
Blue Swallows
Younger Than Yesterday
Again You Try Your Luck
Skies Open

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Andy Von Pip

ANDY VON PIP - Founder, editor, writer, reviewer, photographer and all-round good guy at the House photographer for The Academy Music Group, Zuma Press, Event Magazine and Rex Features worldwide. You can check out his photography at Andy Von Pip Photography Has been new music tipster on BBC6 Music, Amazing Radio, and DJ on Strangeways Radio (USA.) Can currently be heard on IWFM Radio. His radio work has been described as sounding like Ian McCulloch on ketamine fused with Ringo Starr. New music tipster on Amazing Radio, moderator for BBC 6 Music DJ Tom Robinson's Fresh on the Net, former member of "BBC's Sound Of" panel. Written and photographic work has appeared in The Quietus, Music Week, Record Of The Day, The Guardian, GIITV, The Sabotage Times, Bido Lito, The Skinny, Louder Than War. Media partner and curator for Liverpool Sound City.

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