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Artist: Oliver Spalding
Label: Monotreme Records
RRP: £13.99
Release Date: 18 November 2019

Novemberism is the debut album of 23-year-old UK artist Oliver Spalding. It was written and recorded with producer Ed Tullett (Novo Amor). The LP's title is inspired by the idea that to suffer from melancholy all year round is to suffer from Novemberism. The 11 tracks (37 min, 28 sec) all feature an element of heavyheartedness.

Even the more upbeat songs, like title track 'Novemberism' and 'Bow Creek' are steeped in elements of classic New Order. This is an album that has elements of '80s synths and driving rhythms, with Spalding openly admitting: "I’m a huge Roxy Music fan. I love Brian Ferry’s work and take inspiration from the Prophet synth sounds on the '80s Bruce Springsteen records".

It's a raw and personal project that is easy to fall in love with. The melancholy vibe is warm and embracing, and those of us who grew up in the '80s will find this to be a wonderfully retro sounding release with loads of character.


Nick Smithson

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