Share video for “Lucky Girl”
Taken from debut album Morningside due out on 5 May via Flying Nun
Watch the video for “Lucky Girl”
UK Tour in May (including The Great Escape, Live at Leeds and Sounds From The Other City festivals, see dates below)
“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)
In anticipation of the release of their debut album Morningside via Flying Nun in May, New Zealand’s Fazerdaze (a.k.a Amelia Murray) have shared a video for the single “Lucky Girl” via Liberation in France. The video, shot by Sam Kristofski and edited by Murray, is a brilliant rainbow burst of bold colour and stunning imagery. Gorilla vs Bear, who originally premiered the track called the song, “a perfect burst of swooning, happy-sad bedroom guitar-pop sunshine.” Although conversely, when Murray wrote and recorded the track, she was living in a room with no windows except for a skylight, which eventually she had to block out to stop the room from overheating. “It was so dark in there and I slowly began to feel sad, like the walls were closing in on me – that’s how I got the idea for the first lyric.”
Fazerdaze toured the UK last year with Big Deal, and they’re back over in May for several festivals including The Great Escape, Live at Leeds and Sounds From The Other City as well as headline shows – see dates below (more to be announced).
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.
Sat 29 Apr – Leeds – Live At Leeds
Sun 30 Apr – Manchester – Sounds From The Other City Festival
Mon 1 May – Glasgow – The Hug and Pint
Wed 3 May – Bristol – The Louisiana
Thur 4 May – London – Thousand Island
Fri 5 May – Bournmouth – The Anvil
Thu 18 May – Brighton – The Great Escape
(more to be announced!)
1. Last To Sleep
2. Lucky Girl
4. Little Uneasy
6. Take It Slow
9. In My Room
10. Bedroom Talks