Tele Novella, “No Excalibur”

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Rilo Kiley meets Camera Obscura on the Oregon Trail.

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Dayna Evans | May 6, 2013

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Oh, hello there, sweet darling. In a musical landscape drowning in dark, youthful, boyish aggression, there sometimes rises to the top a band for the feminine side in us all (boys included). Tele Novella, the latest project from members of Voxtrot, Belaire, and Agent Ribbons, is all sweetness and sumptuous 60s melodies and vocals as soft as a kitten's fur. This is not to say that the femininity in Tele Novella is a bad thing—in fact, it serves the band well in a way that has elevated great twee-pop acts like Camera Obscura and Rilo Kiley. And although the #twee label often gets a bad reputation, Tele Novella does everything in their power with this lovely, rich track, “No Excalibur”, to prove that a little lightness never hurt anyone. Roll around in these glockenspiel twinkles and cymbal splashes—you'll feel warmer after. The band has a 7-inch coming up this summer, but you can check them out on the road at the dates listed below.

May
16 – Bear Space Art Collective – El Paso, TX
17 – Congress – Tucson, AR
18 – The Rogue Bar – Phoenix, AR
19 – Che Cafe – San Diego, CA
21 – Ham & Eggs Tavern – Los Angeles, CA
22 – Bootleg Theatre – Los Angeles, CA
23 – The Night Light – Oakland, CA
24 – Cafe Diva – Modesto, CA
25 – The National – Nevada City, CA
26 – HickeyFest – Leggett, CA
28 – Bows & Arrows – Sacramento, CA
29 – The Palm Lounge – Arcata, CA
30 – Lucky’s – Eugene, OR
31 – Record Room – Portland, OR
June
1 – Dwell Hole – Tacoma, WA
3 – Tsunami Bar & Grill – Wheeler, OR
4 – The Kenton Club – Portland, OR
5 – Heartland – Seattle, WA
6 – Make.Shift Art Space – Bellingham, WA
10 – One World Cafe – Moscow, ID
13 – Lion’s Lair – Denver, CO
14 – Burt’s Tiki Lounge – Albuquerque, NM

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