Fazerdaze Share video for “Take It Slow”
The new single from debut album Morningside due out on 5 May via Flying Nun
Watch the video for “Take It Slow” here
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UK/EU Tour in May
Fazerdaze (a.k.a. Amelia Murray) shares the video for “Take It Slow“, the new single lifted from the forthcoming debut album Morningside, due out on New Zealand’s esteemed Flying Nun label on 5 May. Languid and charming, the song features Murray’s trademark dreamy sounds and personal lyrics, bursting with indie pop and layered with a hint of melancholia. The video, directed by Julian Vares, was premiered via Noisey, who wrote; “This is the sonic equivalent to cut grass and wearing shorts and cracking open a cold one with the boys.”
Fazerdaze and her live band have also announced more shows in their extensive May European tour including an instore at Rough Trade East on 8 May and 6 May at The Shacklewell Arms, in addition to their set at Thousand Island on 4 May. They’ll also be playing Leicester’s Handmade Festival as well as The Great Escape, Live at Leeds and Sounds From The Other City.
“Busting with dreamy, sun-drenched melodies and wistful, melancholy undertones “Lucky Girl” offers an irresistible slice of bedroom-pop magic.” Gold Flake Paint
“A new Kiwi act on legendary Flying Nun label who sounds like an old Kiwi act on legendary Flying Nun label. Which makes it brilliant.” The Guardian (F&M Playlist)
“A perfect burst of swooning, happy-sad bedroom guitar-pop sunshine.” Gorilla Vs Bear
FULL TOUR DATES:
Fri 28 Apr – Leicester, UK – Handmade Festival
Sat 29 Apr – Leeds, UK – Live At Leeds
Sun 30 Apr – Manchester, UK – Sounds From The Other City
Mon 01 May – Glasgow, UK – The Hug & Pint
Wed 03 May – Bristol, UK – Louisiana
Thu 04 May – London, UK – Thousand Island
Fri 05 May – Bournemouth, UK – The Anvil
Sat 06 May – London, UK – Shacklewell Arms
Mon 08 May – London, UK – Rough Trade East [In-store]
Tue 09 May – London, UK – Bush Hall (Supporting We Are Scientists)
Thu 11 May – Amsterdam, NL – Sugar Factory (Supporting Happyness)
Fri 12 May – Ghent, BE – DOK (Supporting Happyness)
Wed 17 May – Bedford, UK – Esquires (Supporting the Parrots)
Thu 18 May – Brighton, UK – The Great Escape Festival
Fri 19 May – Hamburg – Cardinal Sessions Festival
Sat 20 May – Cologne – Cardinal Sessions Festival
Mon 22 May – Paris, FR – French Escape Festival
Fri 26 May – Amsterdam, NL – London Calling Festival
Sat 27 May – Neustrelitz, DE – Immergut Festival
Fazerdaze, aka New Zealand’s Amelia Murray, has already accomplished so much even before releasing her debut record, a testament to how her music has already captivated audiences. Having independently put out the single “Little Uneasy” as well as a self-titled EP last year, she’s been praised by NME, played with Unknown Mortal Orchestra and Connan Mockasin, and was invited to join the Red Bull Music Academy in Montreal in 2016. Murray will release Morningside, her first full-length record and the most complete document of her intricate songwriting to date.
Named after the New Zealand suburb where Murray finally feels at home, Morningside plots its course carefully through the rocky terrain of finding place and peace in personal growth. Growing pains are central to the album and Murray’s meditations on the concurrent exhilaration and intimidation of an older kind of life and love never feel cloying. Instead, on every track, Murray builds an intimate relationship with the listener. Each song is personal, but never isolating. The album is like reading someone’s journal with their express permission: at turns it seems full of the most universal of feelings, as well as the kind of sensory and narrative details that make for the truest kind of memoir.
Murray perfects a humble light and shade with each song on Morningside: opening track “Last To Sleep” conveys that subtle kind of fear that comes with handing one’s feelings over to another. “Jennifer”, the only song that carries over from the debut Fazerdaze EP is a song about teenage friendship. “Half-Figured” heaves with a self-effacing angst and “Shoulders” is a whisper of relief, a love song for someone sleeping; And on “Bedroom Talks”, it’s about the safety of comfort, being able to speak candidly and truthfully when one feels at home, when only the right person is listening. It’s a feeling of absolute ease, of the purest kind of communication.
Morningside will be released on 5 May through vaunted New Zealand label Flying Nun. Flying Nun has been the home for three decades of heartfelt, literate records produced by determinedly independent musicians, and Fazerdaze is the latest in that tradition. Morningside was written, produced and recorded by Murray, an approach that makes her debut record a genuine expression of her place in the world.
1. Last To Sleep
2. Lucky Girl
4. Little Uneasy
6. Take It Slow
9. In My Room
10. Bedroom Talks