Tele Novella released their new album Merlynn Belle on February 5, 2021, their first with Kill Rock Stars. It is a collection that respites in country, meshed with a sentimental indie-folk shimmer. Written when frontwoman Natalie Ribbons first moved to Austin, new album single Paper Crown acts as a self-empowering “pep talk” wrapped in a bouncy folk flourish. Though it is a very personal song of self-care and catharsis, the subject matter is universal to all listeners’ lives in 2020. The band spoke with The Fountain about this new single and plans for the year.

TF:  You have a new single out, what can we expect from Paper Crown?

It’s probably the most upbeat and uplifting song on the record, I think!  So far, it seems to possibly also be the most popular, but only time will tell.

TF:  How would you sum up the track in one sentence?

It feels to me like the kind of pure declaration that would be penned by a modern-Shakespearean teenage outsider-artist writing a play for their friends to perform, and they think it makes sense but it really doesn’t! Heh heh.

TF: What is your plan for the remainder of the year, after this release, I note an exciting LP release?

We are currently recording a lot of weird cover songs in the same way we recorded Merlynn Belle, a la cassette 8-track.  We will probably starting leaking out singles of those this summer!  And in a few months we’ll start recording our next original album, which has mostly been written this last year.

TF:  Where is your favourite venue for playing live, where is the next place you look most forward to gigging?

Locally, we enjoy playing at The Mohawk and Cheer Up Charlies.  It’s hard to say what our favourite places to play are across the country because many of them have closed in the last couple of years, it’s sad!  I always loved Bottom of the Hill in San Francisco.  We love touring everywhere, but many of our best and most lively shows are on the west coast of the US, so we tend to look forward to touring there the most!