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Album of the Week: Merlynn Belle by Tele Novella

Throughout our newest album of the week, you'll hear flamenco-like guitar, medieval-country, yodeling, witches, spooky and sweet, a taste of Broadway with a side of quirkiness. You ready? The latest from the band Tele Novella, Merlynn Belle, has a little something for everyone.

Tele Novella is based in Lockhart, Texas, made up of singer/songwriter Natalie Ribbons and multi-instrumentalist Jason Chronix. This is their second album, but the first record they've put out as a duo. They wrote and recorded each song one at a time in whole takes, rather than assembling them through editing (which is most common these days). Sticking to that theme, they even tracked the album onto an 8-track cassette recorder. 

I recommended this album to my co-worker Sarah Bignall, and her response after three songs in gives a really great description of what to expect: 'It reminds me of music that would be on a Wes Anderson soundtrack!' We're only two months into 2021, but I feel this album is going to be in my favorites for the year.

Check out the album here, and as always, tell us what you think about it! 

The music director at KAXE since 2014, Kari (pronounced Car-ee) Hedlund reviews music on the daily. She also hosts New Music every Wednesday (2 and 10 p.m.) and Sunday (noon), along with the KAXE Morning Show on Thursdays.