Fazerdaze announces debut album on Flying Nun + The Great Escape and other UK shows

Fazerdaze announces debut album on Flying Nun + The Great Escape and other UK shows

Announces debut album Morningside

Due out on Flying Nun on 5 May

UK Shows in May – including The Great Escape

Shares new single “Lucky Girl”

UK Shows:

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

*Onsale from 10am Friday 3 February

 

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, toured the UK with Big Deal, 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. Esteemed label, Flying Nun Records will release Morningside on 5 May. That month she’s taking her band to the UK to play The Great Escape Festival, Live at Leeds, Sounds From The Other City in Manchester as well as further dates around Europe and the UK, including a show at the former Upstairs at The Garage, Thousand Island in London on 4th May.

 

Fazerdaze has shared the first single Lucky Girl from the new album.  Murray wrote and recorded the track while 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.” Gorilla vs Bear premiered the track calling the song, “…a perfect burst of swooning, happy-sad bedroom guitar-pop sunshine.”

 

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.

 

“Elegant dream pop” – NME

“Built around wistful romanticism, Murray’s soft vocal is full of languid charm, the perfect counter-point to the compelling guitar which hangs forever in the background.” – Gold Flake Paint

 

Morningside Tracklisting

1. Last To Sleep

2. Lucky Girl

3. Misread

4. Little Uneasy

5. Jennifer

6. Take It Slow

7. Shoulders

8. Friends

9. In My Room

10. Bedroom Talks

Fazerdaze Social Links:

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Fazerdaze announces debut album on Flying Nun + The Great Escape and other UK shows