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Novella Land Sinderlyn Records
Article written by
Ged M - Aug 5, 2015
They’ve been around for a while (since the start of the decade, to be exact) but the now 5 piece from London have produced an album of hazy-psych, post-punk and shoegaze that has many moments of brilliance.
The post-punk, Wire-echoing ‘Follow’ is confident enough not to bring in the vocals until after 2 minutes, such is the attraction of the chiming guitars and hypnotic rhythm; ‘Long Gone’ is quicksilver alt-rock in the vein of Throwing Muses; ‘Blue Swallows’ is awash with sound effects and a big, catchy chorus and then takes an Alice-down-the-rabbit-hole twist into crazy psychedelia; and ‘Skies Open’ is floaty shoegaze, while bonus track ‘North Carolina’ is full of chiming and reverby guitars before it floats to another level on gorgeous call and response vocals.
Lush is an obvious comparison and there’s something in Land that revives that 90s guitar sound (while simultaneously nodding to 60s psych). The album at times doesn’t escape the gravitational attraction of its influences and gets bogged down in the prosaic but they slip the surly bonds of earth often enough - and the abovementioned songs offer plenty of proof – to make Land’s long awaited arrival well worth checking out.