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The Novel Ideas / Press

“I’ll make an educated guess that not too many of you have heard of these guys. The Novel Ideas, usually described as a folk rock outfit, hail from the Boston area, and they just released their simply wonderful third album, Home. While some of the higher tempo material of previous work is absent, Home certainly doesn’t lack for emotional tenor. There’s a bizarre and comforting familiarity to their music. In fact, I hadn’t listened to these folks for a while, but my first listen through this album felt like being reunited with an old friend. It takes a very special touch to convey something like that through song. Their music draws on love, distance, heartbreak, reverie, nostalgia...”


“My sleeper album for 2012 is Home from The Novel Ideas, I listen to the album at least twice a week. Every couple of years some band comes along where the lyrics own my soul in a very unique way such as these guys have, the last one was probably Phineas And The Lonely Leaves or The Head And The Heart, this is the kind of music I spend hours upon hours searching for every night. “I think we both want the same thing but we both see the same thing so differently” is one of the most real and truthful lines I’ve heard in so long that it stopped everything I was doing for one brief moment. It’s through art that simple truths become realized, truths we vaguely understood before, it’s the light of someone else shining into the abyss that allow us to examine with a clarity we might never have caught a glimpse of had they not been there to guide the way, that one line was a brief and fantastic beacon for myself. I have no idea which of The Novel Ideas songs is my favorite but I do”

Hey Cool Kid

““And I miss the folksingers from the days of old/ When a three chord song could save your soul.” While scrounging Bandcamp, I came across a band by the name of The Novel Ideas and thought, “That band sounds like fun, let’s give it a shot.” Well, turns out my initial impression of the band was right on. The Novel Ideas is a self described “folk rock outfit”, which we’ve been seeing lots of recently. One of the really unique things about The Novel Ideas (no puns in this article, thank you very much), is that they are making music that’s essentially pop/folk music, but one of the instruments that’s omnipresent is a lap steel, which gives the album a country sound. It’s not country, the lyrics aren’t country, the vocals aren’t country, but that lap steel immediately makes your mind scream “COUNTRY!” The album, “Home”, rarely breaks new ground, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, providing us with harmonies and song-stylings that we’ve enjoyed for”

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