Glacial Glow

by Noveller

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karl lovblad
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karl lovblad Again another album of flawless ambient guitar. I must say I had not heard of her until three weeks ago. I was searching for some ambient guitar pedals for myself and between a million videos by Chords of Orion I saw her. And that was a pleasant discovery. I love this.
Loren Knack
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Loren Knack Need some tunes to zone out to? Look no further. You'll find some nice droney guitar work in Glacial Glow. Favorite track: Glacial Wave.
Marco Wong
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Marco Wong It is perfect when you want to get lost in the music, very obscure and good music. Favorite track: Entering.
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ryan Noveller makes the case for complex, sonorous, powerful loop-based music. That the guitar timbre remains central to the music is remarkable, too. Favorite track: Entering.
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Entering 01:44
Glacial Wave 05:53
Blue 03:55
Resolutions 04:22
Alone Star 05:27
Waxwing 04:15
Ends 05:12


Sarah Lipstate is Noveller and Glacial Glow is her most assured, accomplished statement to date. Lipstate largely sheds the distortion and feedback present in much of her earlier work. Instead, she relies on instantly memorable melodies, a wider sonic palette, and excellent pacing to deliver arguably her best album.

Noveller announces her intentions from the opening track, appropriately titled "Entering", as the syncopated rhythm of the melody represents a new twist from her previous guitar work. This is only the hors d'oeuvre for the stunning "Glacial Wave", which drifts along serenely until Lipstate rains down gorgeous arpeggios like icy shards from the heavens. Other pieces feature sparse arrangements anchored by pulsing throbs which evoke a subtle, creeping anxiety more menacing than the feel-good retro-horror soundtracks making the rounds these days.

Throughout Glacial Glow, Lipstate exercises restraint and a fleeting melancholy feeling pervades the album. It says something about an album's quality when the closing track, "Ends", is chosen as the lead-off video. Ocean sounds combine with the lovely chord progression and guitar lines to create an uplifting, yet slightly wistful feeling and a perfect bookend to the record.


released May 30, 2011

Recorded by Sarah Lipstate
Produced by Sarah Lipstate & Chris Habib
Mastered by James Plotkin


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Noveller Los Angeles, California

Noveller is the solo project of Los Angeles-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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