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Tele Novella Shares Second Single “Words That Stay”

November 13, 2020
Photo Credit: Julian Neel

Tele Novella

Share Second Single “Words That Stay” 

New album, Merlynn Belle out 5th Februray on Kill Rock Stars

Tele Novella will release their second album Merlynn Belle on February 5, 2021, their first with Kill Rock Stars. It is a collection that respites in country, meshed with a sentimental indie-folk shimmer. The band recently released their first single, the folk-tinged country ballad, “Technicolor Town”.

Now they offer a second peek into the eclectic collection with the “Words That Stay” single/video which debuted on Austin’s NPR affiliate, KUT who described the song as “a timeless, stripped-down style of Western-leaning lo-fi psych-folk pop.”

Flamenco claps and acoustic guitars create a dreamlike underscore for frontwoman Natalie Ribbons’ haunting vocals in “Words That Stay” as she laments the loss of a friend who seems to have mysteriously disappeared. Watch the beatiful Super 8 video below.

Such a force to be reckoned with, a captivating storyteller found in the whimsical lyrics and it’s harmonious delivery. The new sublime single instantly captivates the moment those vocal notes play into the elevated instrumentation. The power throughout the single is held on the divine vocal harmonies, which compliment the intricate arrangement of this gentle yet consuming release. A flawless and refreshing release.

Self-described as “medieval outsider country”, the dizzying collection is a homespun bricolage pulling from influences as diverse as cowboy troubadours and folk baroque. As Ribbons’ voice ranges from candlelit whispers to coyote howls, there’s an honesty and vulnerability that underlies every word. Tele Novella came together when Natalie Ribbons, who owns a vintage shop, and Jason Chronis, who collects rare records, were each making music in separate projects at the time (Agent Ribbons, Voxtrot, Belaire).

It can be easy to lose sight of real people, whether out on an endless highway, or confronted with the endless possibilities of making music today. Painstakingly assembled using a blend of hi-fi recording gear and technique straight onto an 8-track cassette recorder, Tele Novella have crafted a cohesive pop record that feels equal parts mysterious, evocative, heartfelt, and sincere. The band has carved out their own unique pop-infused medieval-tonk style that sounds at times like the Old West possessed by the spirit of the Old World. 


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