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Lawrence Arabia’s Forthcoming LP Absolute Truth is out now on Flying Nun Records
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Lawrence Arabia – the pseudonym of James Milne – is a connoisseur of classic songwriting, creating timeless music inspired as much by 1970’s West Coast Americana as New Zealand indie pop. His new album Absolute Truth is out now on Flying Nun Records.
It’s no secret that New Zealand’s resident pop song-book connoisseur Lawrence Arabia has a penchant for penning earworms at once inspired and unsettling. His 2009 single “Apple Pie Bed” took out the prestigious APRA Silver Scroll, positioning Mr Arabia in the great Kiwi song hall of fame.
In 2002 Milne joined indie pop outfit the Brunettes then the Ruby Suns. Taking on bass duties in both bands and completing tours of the U.S. with the Brunettes, Milne returned to New Zealand and gathered together local musicians to create what would become the Reduction Agents.
At the same time, Milne’s alter ego Lawrence Arabia was born. Splitting his time between the Reduction Agents and his solo project, 2006 saw Milne release his self-titled debut album as Lawrence Arabia. A collection of low-key, quirky indie pop songs, the album earned praise in his native New Zealand. Moving to the U.K. and setting up home in London’s Shoreditch, Milne began writing his second album, financing his move with touring stints with Okkervil River and Feist as well as a job selling homesick expat New Zealanders goods from their native country.
Milne’s second album, Chant Darling, was recorded at various locations including Sweden and London, and was finally all brought together on home soil and released in 2009. Milne and co-writer Luke Buda won the prestigious APRA Silver Scroll Award for the song Apple Pie Bed. In 2012 Lawrence Arabia put out third album The Sparrow.
Which brings us to the present day, and to the imminent release of the fourth Lawrence Arabia album, Absolute Truth; this time, fittingly, via the iconic Flying Nun label that released their first music in the year of his birth.
Recorded primarily in late night sessions in the unglamorous Hutt Valley industrial suburb of Gracefield with Mike Fabulous, the album is full of the sparkling pop melodies that have delighted an ever-expanding audience, adding to a richly satisfying songbook, and providing another chapter in the story of this unique and cherished artist.
Praise for Absolute Truth
“Lawrence Arabia (aka James Milne) makes indie pop in a similar vein to Neil Hannon’s Divine Comedy, off-beat but with deeply classic and sweeping melodies.” Mojo
“His fourth album as Lawrence Arabia cuts the potential sugariness of strings-embellished, ’60s-influenced pop with reflective, often bracingly direct lyrics and wry humour, but sensibly, no sardonic edge.” Uncut
“It’s an album engulfed by bittersweet nostalgia.” The Guardian
“Heartbreakingly beautiful.” The Sunday Times
“Well wrought and entertaining.” The Independent