Purple Pilgrims share 'Love in Lunacy (Saturn Return)'

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Celestial sisters Purple Pilgrims have today, shared a new track ‘Love In Lunacy (Saturn Return)’ off their upcoming album Perfumed Earth, out August 9th on Flying Nun Records. ‘Love In Lunacy (Saturn Return)’ is Valentine and Clementine Nixon’s procession into cosmic melancholy, as free falling vocal layers, swooning synthesizers and wandering bass guitar lines meld into this lush, otherworldly track. Beguiling, ghostly harmonies overlap while steady percussion lulls listeners into a ruminating hypnosis. 

The video sees the pilgrims meditations reaching levitational states, adrift on the monochrome grain of volcanic sand and black and white Super 8 film, windblown and fluid amid a haunting backdrop of undisclosed magic landscapes. Directed and edited by Gary War, the accompanying visuals are described by the sisters as “a quiet reflection on paradigm shifts, and gravitational forces both planetary and introspect.”

The making of Perfumed Earth saw Purple Pilgrims return to the birthplace of their debut record Eternal Delight, where the isolationist sisters assembled a community of collaborators (both in person and remotely) to weave together the 9 track record from the forest sanctuary of Tapu, on New Zealand’s Coromandel Peninsula. Out of this pastoral solitude was born an album a world unto itself. Mixed by Thomas Healy, with bass/synths from Gary War, experimental saxophone from Jeff Henderson, live drums from Jimmy Mac, guitar fuzz from Joshua Kennedy, as well as an appearance from six-string expressionist Roy Montgomery, Perfumed Earth is an inspired fusing of creative touchstones to achieve a singular, stunning vision.

Perfumed Earth is out August 9th on Flying Nun Records. 

Pre-order now: https://ffm.to/perfumedearth

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Mermaidens announce Look Me in the Eye

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Photo: Steven Acre

Fresh off the tarmac after an extensive tour of the UK and Europe, Mermaidens announce their new record, Look Me in the Eye. The trio’s third full-length album is due out September 6th on Flying Nun Records worldwide. Today the band has also revealed the first track from their upcoming release called ‘I Might Disappear’, accompanied by visuals filmed from the band’s recent UK/EU tour. The footage was filmed by Ezra Simons and edited down by Mermaidens’ own, Gussie Larkin. Watch the full video HERE.

Listen to ‘I Might Disappear’: https://ffm.to/mermaidens-imightdisappear

Watch ‘I Might Disappear’ official music video: https://youtu.be/Z8zzp5FeMP8

Today Mermaidens are proud to launch the release of a limited edition, custom Mermaidens effects pedal, aptly called ‘Moon Cycle’, built and designed by kiwi amp-maker, Emerald Rose.

Pre-order the limited edition gatefold pressing of Look Me in the Eye (with dreamy blue vinyl) through Bandcamp and go in the draw to win the custom effects pedal! Pre-order HERE.

Look Me in the Eye sees Mermaidens scale new territory, fearlessly pushing sonic boundaries and producing a body of work as severe and progressive as it is vibrant and exhilarating. At the heart of the record lies the thematic exploration of female voices, as band members Gussie Larkin (co-lead vocals/guitar), Lily West (co-lead vocals/bass) and Abe Hollingsworth (drums) expose motifs of exterior masks, human relationships and power dynamics with unflinching fervour.

The title of the new album is intentional in its double-meaning, as notions of confrontation and intimacy collide to unearth the tangled paradoxes of human connection. The voices and perspectives of both front-women shape the record with equal footing, creating a dialogue around female collaboration and friendship.

Look Me in the Eye was recorded with long time collaborator, audio engineer James Goldsmith at Blue Barn Recording Studio in the trio’s hometown of Wellington. Predominantly writing songs independently and then coming together as a trio to work through arrangements and develop ideas, Mermaidens mobilised their strengths in collaboration to produce a body of music that is every bit as experimental, as it is accessible and uniting.

This year has also seen the release of their 7” split single You Maintain The Stain / Cut It Open. The A-side, ‘You Maintain The Stain’ (featuring the now precursory hint lyric “you won’t look me in the eye”) secured the #1 spot on New Zealand’s Alternative Airplay Chart, as well as topping the nation’s Student Radio Network Chart, following their mini tour of Aotearoa.

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MERMAIDENS - LOOK ME IN THE EYE
 

1. Crying in the Office
2. Sleeptalker
3. Millennia
4. I Might Disappear
5. The Cut
6. She’s Running
7. Bastards
8. Best to Hate the Man
9. Priorities 


OUT SEPTEMBER 6TH ON FLYING NUN RECORDS WORLDWIDE


Pre-order / pre-save Look Me In The Eye
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This is Tami Neilson! New Zealand tour dates announced!

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Photo: Anna Lindqveist

Multi award-winning Canadian-born, New Zealand singer-songwriter Tami Neilson needs no introduction. Having become one of NZ’s most beloved artists of the modern era, blending country, soul and rockabilly into her signature high-octane performances, Neilson’s songs have tugged at our heart-strings and soothed our souls.

Accompanied by Tami’s brother and longtime co-writer/collaborator Jay Neilson, the Big Boss Mama will bring her extensive songbook to the road this October. With 7 dates across New Zealand in a rare, up-close and personal show, fans can experience the songs acoustically, as they were written. Tickets are on-sale now! See list of dates and ticketing info below.

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THIS IS TAMI NEILSON! WITH VERY SPECIAL GUEST JAY NEILSON

NEW ZEALAND TOUR DATES
 

17 OCTOBER - MAYFAIR THEATRE, DUNEDIN [TICKETS]

18 OCTOBER - MEOW, WELLINGTON [TICKETS]

19 OCTOBER - THE PIANO, CHRISTCHURCH [TICKETS]

20 OCTOBER - THE TUNING FORK, AUCKLAND - STAY TUNED FOR MORE DETAILS!

21 OCTOBER - NELSON ARTS FESTIVAL, NELSON THEATRE ROYAL, NELSON
[FESTIVAL TICKETS]

26 OCTOBER - THE SAWMILL, LEIGH [TICKETS]

28 OCTOBER - TAURANGA ARTS FESTIVAL, TAURANGA [FESTIVAL TICKETS]
 

Don’t miss Tami and Jay when they’re in a town near you!

For more information and ticketing, head to tamineilson.com

Growing up on the road as two fifths of Canadian country group The Neilsons, Tami and Jay were supporting the likes of Johnny Cash from a very young age. With a wealth of stories from the road, the pair are set to bring some smiles, laughs and tears as they tell the tales behind some of Tami’s biggest songs, like their Silver Scroll Award-winningWalk Back to Your Arms’, as well as exclusively premiering brand new songs from Tami’s upcoming new album.

Neilson’s music has become synonymous with our lives, adored by those at home and around the world for her powerhouse voice and heart-pounding soul injected into every word and every note. Neilson’s 2014 record Dynamite! changed the game musically, attracting a storm of worldwide attention. The album was named one of The Guardian’s Top 10 Country Albums of the Year and climbed to #1 on the NZ Charts in a spine-chillingly exciting triumph for the hard-working, independent artist. It would later take out Best Country Music Album at the 2015 NZ Music Awards, and forge the name ‘Tami Neilson’ into the cultural fabric of New Zealand music forever.

Her recent internationally acclaimed record Sassafrass! (nominated for Album of the Year at the NZ Music Awards) secured a number of glowing accolades worldwide, from the likes of Rolling Stone Country, American Songwriter, Pop Matters and No Depression. Tami now plays to sold out crowds across North America, New Zealand and Europe, on a rigorous international touring schedule. Happy to be coming home, and bringing the magic of family with her; this is one charmer of a live experience not to be missed.

“Tami Neilson is a fire-breathing belter on her own terms.” - ROLLING STONE

“A red-hot honky-tonker, somewhere between Patsy Cline and Wanda Jackson with perhaps just a little bit of Peggy Lee sophistication.” -
RNZ

“A full-tilt badass monster of music.” -
SAVING COUNTRY MUSIC

"There are singers, and then there is Tami Neilson, for whom the word singer just isn't big enough." -
HMV

Keep up with Tami and Jay Neilson as they whip around the country this October!

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