No Dreams

by Noveller

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    Building on the breakthrough of her "Glacial Glow" album, and coming off of tours opening for St. Vincent and The Jesus Lizard (something that only makes equal sense for Noveller), guitarist and filmmaker Sarah Lipstate emerged with what AllMusic called "an incredible and complex statement, and one that clearly stands as a challenge to herself and her audience alike." The album. "No Dreams" would continue to elevate her songwriting and soundscaping to new heights, with Pitchfork raving; "Sarah Lipstate creates miniature musical worlds, places that you feel like you'll never leave as long as the record is playing." Lipstate, a former member of Parts & Labour and Cold Cave, as well as a collaborator with such luminaries as Lee Renaldo and Jim Thirlwell, along with being a member of both Rhys Chatham's Guitar Army and Glenn Branca's 100 Guitar Ensemble, has emerged as one of the most exciting and interesting guitarists of this era. "No Dreams" cements her as a talent on the rise. Originally released as a limited edition on the experimental label Important Records, following the success of her most recent "Fantastic Planet" album, Fire Records is reissuing the album on 180 gram vinyl to a wider audience.

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Sarah Lipstate is Noveller and “No Dreams”, her 6th full-length release, welcomes in an era of expanded instrumentation for the Brooklyn-based guitarist and composer. Acclaimed for her previous guitar-only albums, Lipstate tightens her grasp on her title of “An Orchestra of One” while boldly exploring the sonic possibilities of supplementing her signature lush, loop-based guitar soundscapes with textural washes of synth, haunting piano, and pulsing throbs of electronic beats. Aided by her experiences collaborating with renowned film-composer Nathan Larson on original music for several feature film scores, Lipstate expertly blends these new elements with her guitar finally realizing the richness and density that her previous guitar-based albums reached for while still undeniably sounding like Noveller.


released October 22, 2013

Cover painting: Justin James King
Photography: Alexis Fleisig
Mastered by Sonically Sublime
Layout: IMPREC



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Noveller Brooklyn, New York

Noveller is the solo project of Brooklyn-based guitarist and filmmaker Sarah Lipstate. Handling the electric guitar as her muse, Lipstate summons a sonic palette so rich as to challenge the listener to conceive of how it’s housed in a single instrument manipulated by a solitary performer. ... more

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