‘Eureka, I Can See!’ by Novelty Island | New Album, ‘Wallsend Weekend Television’
Exclusive video premiere of ‘Eureka, I Can See!’ by Novelty Island, taken from the upcoming album, ‘Wallsend Weekend Television,’ out March 24th, 2023 via 9×9 Records (UK/EU) and Think Like A Key Music (USA/ROW).
Novelty Island follow up their stunning debut ‘How Are You Coping With This Century?’ with ‘Wallsend Weekend Television’ via Nine x Nine Records and Think Like A Key Music. The second pre-album single, ‘Eureka, I Can See!’ will be released on January 27th. Novelty Island is the bizarre-pop project of Liverpool-based songwriter / producer, Tom McConnell.
‘Wallsend Weekend Television’ is an album that has been a long time coming. His body of work took shape through various incarnations and projects over the years. In 2018 he made the ultimate pilgrimage from his native north to Abbey Road Institute with all of these songs in hand. This is where Novelty Island was born, inspired by classic pop, woozy electronica and northern wordplay. McConnell would record in session at Damon Albarn’s Studio 13 and in Abbey Road Studios 2 and 3, giving him the freedom to explore and create the album. Whittled down from 80 songs and an almost infinite combination of track listings, it has driven him mad at many points.
The classic piano pop-inspired track was written by Tom in the basement of Abbey Road. The song is about Tom missing his native-north while living in London and features a surreal lyric with pianos in fields, tea-stained eyes and the
“‘Wallsend Weekend Television’ was supposed to be the first album as it was mainly done before but I’m glad I parked it for a bit to get some distance from it” says Tom.
Novelty Island’s primary-colour psychedelia is on full chromatic display. More elaborate and cinematic than the first record with a much bigger sound. Obsessed with television and the escapism it provided from a young age, each song is like a little TV channel that chops to the next.
Headline photo: Frankie Tibbles
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