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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. 

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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.

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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.



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 


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Aldous Harding announces second Auckland show

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Due to exceptional demand, a second and final show (Powerstation, September 1st) has been added to Aldous Harding’s upcoming New Zealand tour. Tickets to the added Powerstation show go live at 9am today via

Following the release of her mighty, critically acclaimed third album Designer, Aldous Harding sojourns home for a nationwide tour this August. Backed by full band, Harding will open festivities at Christchurch’s James Hay Theatre on August 28th, wrapping up with two shows at Auckland’s Powerstation.

Harding’s 2017 record Party saw the New Zealand artist reach global heights, attracting love from critics worldwide and at home, winning the 2018 Taite Music Prize, two NZ music awards, and a Silver Scroll Award nomination. The accompanying album tour sold out months in advance.

Secure your tickets to Harding’s only New Zealand shows for 2019, and don’t miss the chance to experience her enchanting songbook, live and in person.


Wednesday 28 August - James Hay Theatre, Christchurch

Thursday 29 August - Regent Theatre, Dunedin

Friday 30 August - Hunter Lounge, Wellington

Saturday 31 August - Powerstation, Auckland (SOLD OUT)

Sunday 1 September - Powerstation, Auckland (ADDED SHOW)

Tickets on sale now from

“A stunning, strangely uplifting record from New Zealand’s most beguiling songwriter.”
New Zealand Herald, Time Out ★★★★★

“There’s a primeval magic at play… and it’s worth being spellbound.”
The New Zealand Listener ★★★★★

“Both fascinating and frightening, highly eccentric and blisteringly beautiful – a record destined to worm its way deep under the skin.” ★★★★★