Novelty Island: How Are You Coping With This Century? (album review by Christa V.)

The debut album from Novelty Island is a fun, sunny jaunt through fun folk-pop tracks and enjoyable lyrics. The group creates a rather unique sound through their use of banjo, cello, horns, in addition to the usual instruments. Despite all of the unusual choices, the sound remains fun and familiar to the listener. The opener, “This Bird,” is fun and upbeat tune that’s easy to put on and hard to turn off. “Blackcurrant Sky” midway through the album has more of a psychedelic feel to is with vocal lines weaving in and out of the synths. Midway through the track though the psychedelic feel is dropped for a sparser folk feel present on other tracks. The album is both varied but has the feel of a band that knows their sound and style, it’s both fresh and comforting. Definitely a group to keep an eye on. Favorite tracks: 1, 6, 10

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