Oliver Spalding’s “Novemberism” is effervescent synth-pop

A great new track from the UK-based singer-songwriter.

September 04, 2019
Oliver Spalding’s “Novemberism” is effervescent synth-pop

Oliver Spalding explains “Novemberism,” the title of his latest single and upcoming debut album, as a reference to the idea that “to be melancholy all year round is to suffer from Novemberism.” It’s a concept rooted in deep sadness. But the oldest trick in the pop music book is to code your saddest feelings as bright, explosive pop songs — which explains why “Novemberism,” premiering today on The FADER, is such a delicate and effervescent delight. Built around refracting, shattered-glass synths and Spalding’s beautiful falsetto, “Novemberism” ends with a peak euphoric enough to end any bout of Novemberism.

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“"The song Novemberism is about new loves and addictions,” Spalding tells The FADER via email, “And finding someone inconveniently when you aren’t looking for anything." Listen to the track below; Novemberism is out November 15th.

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Oliver Spalding’s “Novemberism” is effervescent synth-pop