UK folktronica singer-songwriter Oliver Spalding is well-versed in reflective, melancholic artistry. His debut album Novemberism is the pinnacle of a series of single releases throughout the year. Lyrically and sonically beautiful, it is a collection of cohesive and cosy tracks which sum up the deep sadness of a colder, darker epoch.
According to Spalding, “To be melancholy all year round is to suffer from Novemberism”. Spanning emotive themes of heartbreak and sorrow, the LP begins with the delicately effervescent ‘Athamé’. Texturally rich and a showcase of Spalding’s unforgettable falsetto, this track is a heavenly introduction to the narrative journey of Novemberism.
Each song is tender and heartfelt, experimenting with compelling soundscapes of layered vocal excellence, piano-laden melody and low-key synth-infused production. Novemberism is a very personal and intimate project, capturing the breadth of Spalding’s artistry, and its fragility can be heard and felt throughout. Speaking about this, Spalding explains: “The fragility comes from deep within me and the things I’ve been through in my life. However, it’s not projected in a negative way, I feel as though singing about pain makes you stronger! My aim is to help others understand it’s ok to feel this way and I want people to relate and know others feel the same”.While each song emerges as diverse and individualistic, Novemberism stitches together a musical odyssey of wistful nostalgia.
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