Noveller
A Pink Sunset For No One


4.0
excellent

Review

by Manuman USER (3 Reviews)
February 16th, 2017 | 17 replies


Release Date: 2017 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A pink sunset for no one... but you.

There is something extremely captivating about Noveller's music that attracts ambient music aficionados and hardcore fans all alike. The masterful craftsmanship in her guitar sound, cultivated for many years alongside renowned composers like Rhys Chatham and having participated in extraordinary music ensembles and performances throughout extensive touring have helped Noveller's music to please a constantly growing and wider audience.

Brooklyn-based Sarah Lipstate took fly for the first time as Noveller back in 2009 with "Paint on the Shadows", her first daring experiment, an album well based on a double neck guitar sitting on her lap while loops and delayed strings twinkle with each other to form an outstanding piece of guitar extravaganza. Lipstate has been a constant and hard-working artist for a very long time. With a whooping album count of eight fantastic releases, "A Pink Sunset For No One" is her latest and long awaited follow-up to the already mind blowing "Fantastic Planet". What I found in her most recent work is a Noveller whose sound slightly relaxes the noisy distortion walls of her previous works in favor of well-defined melodies and textures, but keeping the intricate mystery surrounding the instrumentation used to build it, as every musician’s best kept secret should.

The album opens up with “Deep Shelter”, in which a soft chiptune line slowly blends and gives away to Eno-esque keys, soon to be confronted by a looming straight up piano; Noveller soon states that she intends to take the listener through a wide variety of magic landscapes and remarkable passages, distancing herself from extreme experimentation in favor of a more balsamic feel. The subtle and rarely use of vocals in the esoteric "Rituals", reminiscent of bands like Grails or even some Dead Can Dance, the classical bits in "Trails and Trials", drowned in unforgiving synths that would make any grown-up anchored in the 80s swoon with nostalgia, or the absolutely perfect sci-fi feel of "Corridors"; Noveller makes the most out of her songwriting skills, with an extraordinary selection of ingredients and spices, like a renowned chef, she knows how to boil and stew every sound bit and wave to melt the listener’s brain cells with aural pleasures.

The quasi-heavy metal ballad arpeggio of "Another Dark Hour", while synths gracefully dance on the background leads to the Tangerine Dream branded harshness of "Emergence", firmly closing Noveller's latest solitary release in what it may be one of the most solid ambient outputs of the year.

Not only was 2017 already shaping up as a great year for ambient music with new releases by Brian Eno, Matteo Vallicelli or William Basinski, Noveller now tops it proudly with this refreshing "A Pink Sunset For No One", an album that hopefully will serve you as one more color palette to paint the world as you wish.


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Dewinged
February 15th 2017


2244 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I would have left this review to Fripper, who would have probably made it justice, but I took a chance so this wonderful album doesn't go under your radar.



Check it people, it's lovely.



Feedback as always appreciated.



Edit: Forgot to link it. Stream it here: https://novellermusic.bandcamp.com/album/a-pink-sunset-for-no-one

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literallyzach
February 16th 2017


34 Comments


Solid review, this looks like a really interesting record. Cover art is dope

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AdolfChrist
February 16th 2017


8678 Comments


Desert Fires is awesome, might check this.

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Dewinged
February 16th 2017


2244 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks Zach, indeed, the cover is really nicely done.



Adolf, you might dig this man. I still haven't checked all her stuff, there's a lot to it, but planning to give it a shot this week.

TwigTW
February 16th 2017


2239 Comments


You're right; this is lovely. It's great to hear ambient featuring guitars instead of synths for a change--nice review.

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zaruyache
February 16th 2017


15961 Comments


apparently I liked Fantastic Planet so I gotta check this one too woop.

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Dewinged
February 16th 2017


2244 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks for the pos guys, yeah Twig she has such a creative mind when it comes to sound crafting, I am studying her albums cause I would like to incorporate smth similar to my stuff too.



Hope you dig it Zaru!

DoofusWainwright
Contributing Reviewer
February 16th 2017


11275 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This sounds real interesting Dewi, will definitely check



Top review btw, pos

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DoofusWainwright
Contributing Reviewer
February 16th 2017


11275 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Ok this is pretty much awesome, can see me reaching for this when I feel like spinning Emeralds

FullOfSounds
February 16th 2017


12533 Comments


Dude nice to see you getting into reviewing. Record looks interesting, I'll give it a look tonight

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Dewinged
February 16th 2017


2244 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks Doof sempai, really glad you liked this one, it's growing on me lately.



Yeah Full, still got a long way to go but I am trying ;) Thanks for the pos, fam.

Chortles
February 17th 2017


19864 Comments


wag

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Dewinged
February 17th 2017


2244 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

wag?

kylemccluskey
February 17th 2017


107 Comments


can't wait to hear this

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Sunnyvale
February 17th 2017


444 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Looks interesting, giving this a spin now.

Sunnyvale
February 17th 2017


444 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Man, this is so good.

Dewinged
February 17th 2017


2244 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Glad you like it Sunny m/



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