Sylvia Rose Novak has today released her new single titled ‘To Ten’, from her upcoming album ‘A Miss / A Masterpiece’, dropping May 20th, 2022.
Sylvia has that certain style about her music that gives the impression that she was the introverted, outside-of-the-box kid that nobody got. ‘How do we classify her?’ was probably the question most asked. Well, get this; those are the kind of people the music industry is filled with. Those are the ones that stick out. We still can’t classify her. But we can listen. We can hear the message now.
Whether you think ‘To Ten’ is a rock song, pop, or anything in the middle, one thing you do know is that it’s Sylvia. It’s her music. This is how we take it and this is how we love it.
A Miss/ A Masterpiece is set for release May 20, 2022.
Check out our other features with Sylvia Rose Novak HERE.
Sylvia Rose Novak was born and raised in Opelika, AL – the sister-city of Auburn, AL, growing up the “weird” kid who loved Nirvana in a town mostly full of country music lovers. This dynamic is one that would repeat itself later in her life, as she found herself stuck in the lane of being an alt-country / Americana artist when her true passions lie elsewhere.
A Miss / A Masterpiece follows Novak’s aptly-named 2020 album, BAD LUCK, which was met with acclaim from publications such as American Songwriter and Billboard as it carefully bridged the gap between her former life as an Americana artist and her foray into pure rock and roll.
The drums on A Miss / A Masterpiece hit hard and loud, the bass and guitars are down-tuned and heavy. And Novak’s voice, though clearly still hers, hasn’t so much matured as it has tapped into something raw and real that’s been buried deep within her all of these years. The album is also deeply personal; touching on her fears of nuclear fallout in “Fallout”, hitting hard notes about reproductive rights in “Stress Fracture”, offering a glimpse into bipolar depression with “Rage”, and penning a memoir about the time she was addicted to uppers via “The Window” – a track on which she also played violin for the first time since she put down the instrument in 2019 to focus solely on bass.
The bass was Novak’s first instrumental love. Though she’s multi-instrumental – having learned everything from Trombone to pedal steel over the last two decades, something about the bass has called to her since she was twelve years old and first heard the introductory bars to “Sweet Child O’ Mine.” Duff McKagan’s counter-melody reached out to her as if it was an old friend, a kindred rebel soul. From that moment, her relationship with the instrument has only grown and is now the bedrock for the sonic rebirth that’s so evident throughout A Miss/ A Masterpiece.
After Bad Luck connected the dots between her Americana past and her alt-rock future, Novak is expecting fans of her previous work to leave their preconceptions at the door with A Miss / A Masterpiece, and realize that the Sylvia Rose Novak they thought they knew is a Sylvia Rose Novak who never was.