Talk Normal, Noveller, U.S. Girls | Empty Bottle | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

Talk Normal, Noveller, U.S. Girls Free Soundboard

When: Mon., June 20, 9:30 p.m. 2011

You may recognize guitarist Sarah Lipstate from her stint in Parts & Labor, which ended about two years ago, or from the six months she spent immediately afterward playing in Cold Cave. She's now concentrating on her experimental solo project, Noveller, and on the brand-new Glacial Glow (Saffron/Weird Forest) she takes a turn toward accessibility, shedding the distorted drones and scrawling feedback of her earlier recordings almost completely—it's less fuzzy, more warm and fuzzy. Dreamy and engrossing, the songs on Glacial Glow often sound like they're just a rhythm section and some vocals away from being indie pop. Its lush, ambient textures recall the one Parts & Labor album Lipstate worked on, 2008's Receivers: both include meditative tunes and approachable melodies. It's a hypnotic listen, and Noveller is just as mesmerizing live—with just a guitar and some effects pedals, Lipstate creates tidal waves of sound. —Leor Galil

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