TEXAS TWOSOME Tele Novella, who memorably describe themselves on Twitter as “coin-operated medieval pop songs through a 1950s western lens” (and that’s totally on the money) have today released a third track and accompanying romantic Super 8 film from their forthcoming February album, Merlynn Belle.

We’ve taken in both of the two preceding singles: the country yearn meets French chanteuserie of “Technicolour Town”and the bell-clear, quirky lament of “Words That Stay”. Frankly, we’re aboard. They’re fun and entirely serious about it, they’re cute and swoonsome and deserve a place in the Kallax of your heart.

If the first two singles weren’t a done deal, then hell “Never” certainly sets the seal; a a straight(ish) country(ish) swoon, presented with the accoutrements of psych-lite: chiming 12 strings and vibraphones, over which Natalie yearns beautifully.

Written for her best friend after an unexpected loss, singer Natalie Ribbons says: “There’s really not much that you can do to alleviate grief, but getting to be there for her through the process deepened our bond.

“I saw her strength and big-heartedness all the more clearly after that experience, and it deepened my love and admiration for her.”

Watch out for our review of Merlynn Belle in the week of release; it’s grabbed us for a Super 8 smooch.

Tele Novella’s Merlynn Belle will be released by Kill Rock Stars on February 5th, on digital download, CD, trad black and limited green vinyl – and it’s already available for pre-order over at their Bandcamp page, here.

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