We've been big fans of New Zealand sisters Valentine + Clementine Nixon aka Purple Pilgrims since we heard their beautiful debut on Not Not Fun a few years back, an enchanting, hazy collection of what the duo calls "ancient imagery expressed through a modern lens – folks songs played on synthesized instruments...
On the heels of that amazing Gerry Rafferty cover from earlier this week, New Zealand's Aldous Harding shares the timeless opening track from her new record Designer, coming later this month on 4AD. Watch the beguilingly strange "Fixture Picture" video, directed by Jack Whiteley & Aldous Harding herself, below:
As she prepares to unveil her brilliant new record Designer later this month on 4AD/Flying Nun, New Zealand's Aldous Harding once again illustrates why she's one of our favorite performers around with her haunting take on Gerry Rafferty's 1978 yacht rock classic, from a recent set at Rough Trade in Brooklyn (via Brooklyn Vegan):
Here's a perfect burst of swooning, happy-sad bedroom guitar-pop sunshine from New Zealand's Fazerdaze (aka Amelia Murray), taken from her beautiful debut LP Morningside, out this spring via the legendary Flying Nun Records. Amelia tells us about recording the bittersweet daydream "Lucky Girl" in the dark and solitary space in which she was living at the time:
Sam Perry of Yumi Zouma shares the warped and woozy first single from his solo psych-pop project Zen Mantra: “Second Skin” elicits an eerie nostalgia and the inescapable tinge of vague melancholy that tends to go along with that, but there’s a brightness that comes from Perry’s pop sensibility shining through the song's dark undertones. Sam says of the new record:
I've been lucky enough to work with Flying Nun the last 3 years re-issuing a lot of their back catalog. I'm the first to admit that I'm not so well versed with the obscure parts of the catalog. Bird Nest Roys' 'Me Want Me Need Me Get' is a great compilation we did of the band's early works...