Sarah Lipstate

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Sarah Lipstate
Born1984 (age 39–40)
Alma materUniversity of Texas at Austin
Musical career
Also known asNoveller
Years active2007–present
LabelsBa Da Bing!, Divorce, Fire, Important, No Fun, Saffron, Shelter Press

Sarah Lipstate (born Birmingham, Alabama, March 16, 1984) is an American guitarist and composer who records under the name Noveller.

Her style typically involves creating layered soundscapes on the guitar, making extensive use of effects pedals and e-bows. Her music has been described as "icy drones and beautifully spare sounds" by the Allmusic reviewer.[1]

In 2019, she collaborated with Iggy Pop on his album Free.[2]


Lipstate was born in 1984 in Birmingham.[3] At age 2, she moved with her family to Lafayette, Louisiana.[4]

As a child, she played piano for nearly a decade and played trombone in her high school marching band.[5]

She began playing the guitar at 17 after buying the cheapest electric guitar she could afford.[6]

She attended the University of Texas and studied in the school's radio-television-film program. Many in her family are UT alums.[7]

In 2007, Lipstate moved to Brooklyn. A few months later, a mutual friend from Austin introduced her to the members of Parts & Labor who were looking for a guitarist.[8]


As Noveller
  • Paint On The Shadows (No Fun Productions, 2009)
  • Red Rainbows (No Fun Productions, 2009)
  • Desert Fires (Saffron Recordings, 2010)
  • Glacial Glow (Saffron Recordings, 2011)
  • Artifact (Saffron Recordings, 2012)
  • No Dreams (Important Records, 2013)
  • Fantastic Planet (Fire Records, 2015)
  • A Pink Sunset For No One (Fire Records, 2017)
  • Arrow (Ba Da Bing Records, 2020)
  • Aphantasia (Self-released, 2021)


  1. ^ "Noveller: Overview".
  2. ^ "Sarah Lipstate aka Noveller brings her moody soundscapes to Iggy Pop's new album". 29 August 2019.
  3. ^ "Interview with Sarah Lipstate! | Tom Tom Magazine".
  4. ^ "An interview with drone trailblazer Noveller". 28 January 2015.
  5. ^ Hansen-Girod, Britlynn. "The Pedalboard Sorcery of Sarah Lipstate of Noveller". Reverb. Retrieved 24 October 2022.
  6. ^ Chiu, David. "Noveller's Sarah Lipstate On Making The Cinematic Soundscapes For Her New LP 'Arrow,' And Working With Iggy Pop". Retrieved 24 October 2022.
  7. ^ "Under the "Noveller" Moniker, a UT Alum Conjures Anxious and Hopeful Guitar Symphonies". Texas Monthly. Retrieved 24 October 2022.
  8. ^ Interview with Sarah Lipstate, Village Voice, July 2011. Mirror hosted by the Internet Archive