The process of hopping from city to city, country to country while touring since the release of their debut album ‘Land’ in 2015, London quartet Novella have watched their home country of Britain change dramatically in social and political terms. On their latest album ‘Change Of State’ – recorded in the Victorian bedroom studio of James Hoare (Ultimate Painting, Veronica Falls) on an old 1960s 8-track – the band let their emotions run rampant through the record’s 10 tracks as they get to grips with the idea.
There’s a reflective mood that stalks the album, which washes over you as they delve into topics weightier than they seem upon first blush. Brooding with tinges of psychedelia, ‘Thun’ touches on birth and the freedom of movement, which is mirrored in its almost motorik thrust; but it’s the ethereal swathes of textures, gentle melodies and energetic bursts that really explain what ‘Change of State’ has to offer, without ruminating on any of the elements that inspired it.