Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Dazed By The Sea”?
Kelly: The concept of the song originated while formulating a few chord progressions and intuiting lyrics. Once we were set with the main lyrical concept, “…I’m dazed by the sea,” the vibe of the song quickly came together.
Sophie: Dazed was the most imperative word to work around since it has a very powerful emotional, aesthetic, and melodic theme to capture.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
Sophie: Absolutely. Dazed By The Sea is inspired by a relationship I was in years ago. At the time, I was afraid of love and what love could do. I didn’t want to get hurt or explore my feelings on a deeper level, so I pushed it all away. The song muses on the past and the experience of letting go.
How was the recording and writing process?
Sophie: It’s always exciting when we work around a visual concept before any lyrics or sonic aspects are set into place. Before the writing process for Dazed By The Sea began, we envisioned what mood the single artwork could evoke. Then we chose certain colors and pictures that matched that mood and built a visual understanding of the track.
Kelly: During the recording process, we found it less constricting by recording in fragments. To become more in touch with the purpose of the song, we stepped away from it. The magic of not working in the studio helped finalize the track by allowing us to observe the song from a distance, which gradually exposed the fate of the song.
How has LA influenced your sound and music?
Kelly: Los Angeles is a city that flaunts fleeting trends. This perspective keeps us focused on formulating a long-term vision for ourselves. Although we don’t chase the music trends of the moment, we do curate modern sounds that we like. Our interpretation of the sounds makes us The Novelties.
What role does the ocean play in your sound?
Kelly: In a technical sense, the ocean reminds me to enhance the song by adding space and depth. The ocean has a cyclical rhythm and an energizing atmosphere that translates sonically through a steady beat and reverb.
Does the new single mean we can expect more material – how’s that coming along?
Yes, we usually work on two tracks at a time. We devised new ideas for our second release during a break from recording Dazed By The Sea.