Novarae - The Blue Channel EP
Record Label: Self-released
Release Date: January 10, 2006
Novarae is an acoustic act consisting of Nikki and Randi, two young songwriters hailing from New York. The pair has written songs together for over 10 years, and first started performing together after hearing the Indigo Girls song, "Least Complicated", which they sung at local talent shows. They performed at coffee shops and clubs throughout New York and were guided by Mike Watts in honing their craft and perfecting their live show. Novarae was a heavy band for a short period of time, but Nikki and Rand decided to split from the other members that had joined on their project, and stuck to their acoustic sound ever since. Novarae has performed alongside what could be some of your favorite bands, such as: As Tall As Lions, The Start, and Vaeda.
How is it?
They have a raw sound and their songs tend to sound dark, but the duo are very talented singers, especially on the track "Tell Me". "The Blue Channel" is a piano driven ballad that further proves the duo's singing talent and the way their voices work well together. This EP exhibits great potential, but the album is inconsistent as a whole. The album has a few songs that show a songwriting prowess that hints at great songs in the duo's future, but other tracks leave something to be desired. The Blue Channel EP has a few flashes of brilliance, but ultimately is missing the components that could make this a great album.