Today Novella share the video for “Does The Island Know.” Premiered via The Line Of Best Fit, the London set clip was shot by Yuki Yamamoto and showcases a constantly moving city from many different angles, reflecting the movement of the song. “Does The Island Know” is taken from the band’s upcoming sophomore album Change Of State which is being released on February 17 via Sinderlyn.
In their own words: “The day after the US election, Sophy messaged the rest of the band and said: “our album name has now become a bit too appropriate”… Many of the songs on the album are a reflection of the turbulence of 2016, but that’s particularly true with ‘Does the island know’. It was one of the last songs written for the album, about conspiracy theories, ‘fake news’, and unfortunately feels more and more relevant every day.“
On Change of State, the plasticity behind the meaning of the title was no fortuitous afterthought. Rather, it is very idea on which the album was built. Following the band’s debut album the band toured extensively, traveling from one country to the next, and they have watched their home country of Britain change dramatically in social and political terms. Over the course of ten tracks, Novella take the time and space necessary to let the physical and ideological implications behind a changing state run rampant through themes that linger as much in topical discussion as they do in perennial reflections of human experience.
Recorded over the period of a few months in the Victorian bedroom studio of James Hoare (Ultimate Painting, Veronica Falls) on an old 1960’s 8-track, this set up forced Novella to utilize an economy of sound on Change of State. They discovered that there’s beauty in simplicity and restriction as nothing could be gratuitously added or subtracted with the click of a mouse. It lent, what the band call a little Joe Meek magic to the process, and what could have been an added pressure instead gave way to instinct: “The best songs we wrote were written towards the end of the sessions, when we had too little time to think too much about them”.
1) Does The Island Know
5) A Thousand Feet
7) Come In
8) Four Colours
9) Side By Side
10) Seize The Sun