Repulsive Woman

Repulsive Woman shares debut album 'Relief'

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Repulsive Woman (the solo project of Millicent Lovelock) releases her debut album Relief, out now all streaming services. Recorded throughout 2018 in Lovelock’s hometown of Dunedin with engineer Adelaide Dunn (Milpool), Relief is an intimate, unfolding exploration in to the perception of self in the context of modern society.

LISTEN TO RELIEF
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Muted electric guitar and panned, airy vocals usher in the opening title track of the album, as Lovelock’s optimistic melancholy confesses quiet uncertainty. ‘Soft Borders’ sees an inner conflict intensify, as she sings: Any movement is betraying me / even stillness is vulnerability / there’s a cost to being in between. The listener is privy to the suffocation and exhaustion of trapping oneself to the in between; remaining ‘agreeable’, ‘soft’, or ‘non-offensive’.

Guitar-driven track ‘When I Get Good’ lulls into reflection, before launching into the potently satirical ‘Ulysses’. ‘Some Body’ teeters between bitter and soothing as Lovelock’s vocals provide a constant to latch on to in this tumultuous track.

Moving lightly atop a bed of hypnotic acoustic guitar in ‘Rough Around The Edges’, circulating rumours take on the form of delicate melodies that allow affecting yet unassuming lyrics to take centre stage. Themes of pressure to mould to an ‘ideal’ reach their peak in ‘Overripe’ as Lovelock sings: If I could only change.

"If I was tender I would be sweet for you

If I was softer I would split in two

but even ruptured

I might be good for you"

- ‘Overripe’

Closing track ‘Earn It Twice’, marks the artist at a halfway point; coming to terms with what others might expect of her, embracing liminality and accepting ways in which she is not always what is expected. Throughout Relief, internal dichotomies and external perceptions of self are explored with depth of nuance, themes most eloquently symbolised in the contrast between Lovelock’s clear, pure vocals binding these 8 tracks, and her evocative moniker ‘Repulsive Woman’.

As one half of the much-loved alt-indie two-piece Astro Children, Millie Lovelock is no stranger to the New Zealand music scene. She first began uploading covers to Bandcamp under the Repulsive Woman moniker in late 2015, later spending time at the Red Bull Music Academy, in Berlin in 2018. Hot off the back of a nation-wide New Zealand tour in May 2019, Repulsive Woman unveils this new chapter, striking a balance between remarkable vulnerability and the kind of elusivity that has listeners hooked from the very first play.

RELIEF TRACKLIST:
Relief
Soft Borders
When I Get Good
Ulysses
Some Body
Rough Around The Edges
Overripe
Earn it Twice

Repulsive Woman shares 'Rough Around The Edges' from forthcoming album 'Relief'

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Repulsive Woman (the solo project of Millie Lovelock) has shared a new track ‘Rough Around the Edges’ from Lovelock’s forthcoming album Relief, due out in winter 2019. ‘Rough Around The Edges’ is out today on all streaming services. To celebrate the single release, the Dunedin-based artist is set to play three shows around Aotearoa in May. See below for full dates and details.

Lovelock’s understated vocals move lightly atop a bed of hypnotic acoustic guitar, leaning into bittersweet melodies that interlock with a mimicking violin part. The result is unassuming yet potent melancholy, effortlessly and delicately administered.

“I wanted Rough Around the Edges to capture the anxiety of always looking like the bad guy, of always being too prickly, too abrupt, too prepared to stick up for yourself,” Lovelock explains. “For me it's an anxiety that runs parallel to the fear of being too exposed, so soft and vulnerable that I am lost in between.”

Like circulating rumours, Lovelock’s vocals are panned back and forth, left to right, surrounding the listener. “It's all reported speech, I'm hardly there. It's a lonely song, but I think it's very warm at the core”.

As one half of the much-loved alt-indie two-piece Astro Children, Lovelock is no stranger to the New Zealand music scene. She first began uploading covers to Bandcamp under the Repulsive Woman moniker in late 2015, and is now poised to put forth a debut album of original material through the solo project.

Listen to 'Rough Around The Edges' hereSpotify | Apple Music | iTunes

The debut album, Relief  is set for release in June, and will feature 8 new tracks recorded throughout 2018 with engineer Adelaide Dunn in Dunedin, prior to Lovelock’s time at Red Bull Music Academy, Berlin.

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RELIEF TRACKLIST:

Relief

Soft Borders

When I Get Good

Ulysses

Some Body

Rough Around The Edges

Overripe

Earn it Twice

Out June 24, 2019 independently via DRM NZ

ROUGH AROUND THE EDGES SINGLE RELEASE TOUR

Thursday 9th May - Wine Cellar, Auckland (with support from Being.)

Friday 16th May - Meow, Wellington

Saturday 18th May - St Paul’s Cathedral, Dunedin

Auckland and Dunedin tickets available now from Undertheradar

Wellington tickets available now from Just The Ticket


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