Fantastic Planet

Noveller - Fantastic Planet
Critic Score
Based on 10 reviews
2015 Ratings: #564 / 771
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Based on 12 ratings
January 26, 2015 / Release Date
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Fire / Label
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Easily the most joyful and extroverted of Lipstate's albums at this point, it also feels the most vibrant and engaging, gracefully exposing a world of endless blissful layers for the audience to stargaze upon.
Tiny Mix Tapes

This is elegant, sophisticated music for those of us who have a better version of the Blade Runner soundtrack in our head than what’s actually there.

Most of these compositions represent a newfound directness for Lipstate, a willingness to present her strange experiments without feeling the need to obfuscate with the labyrinthine compositional exercises or guitar effects she used in the past.
The Skinny
This latest album under her Noveller guise is blurred at the edges and tastefully frazzled, doffing caps and blowing kisses towards post-punk drone and no wave.
The 405

It's not easy to formulate a strong opinion about Fantastic Planet, because it consistently avoids bursting out beyond its comfort zone.

Drowned in Sound

The jury is out on how far Fantastic Planet benefits from being constrained by its determination to fit preconceived structural limits.


The record ... never loses its way, remaining a convincing and mysterious sonic space throughout, one often worth getting lost in.


Though the album lacks a unifying aesthetic, and a couple of pieces have a slight "interlude" quality, the strongest elements highlight Lipstate's unwillingness to place definitions or limitations on her music.

☆☆☆ ~ Decent and quite original work in which coexist a latent creativity of interesting but inconclusive ideas with some subtle irregular and boring passages.
It wouldn’t be a stretch to draw comparison between 1973’s animated Fantastic Planet and Noveller’s most recent, similarly titled, album release. Both works invoke surreal imagery that is both menacing and awe-inspiring – a noticeable theme throughout Noveller’s abundant career. Noveller, pronounced ‘know-veller,’ is Austin based filmmaker and guitarist Sarah Lipstate whom recently toured in support of St. Vincent and contributed to the critically ... read more
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Track List

  1. Into the Dunes
  2. No Unholy Mountain
  3. Rubicon
  4. Sisters
  5. Concrete Dreams
  6. Pulse Point
  7. In February
  8. Growing
  9. The Ascent
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Added on: January 7, 2015