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.
“"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.