Clementine Valentine, the Coromandel-based art-pop duo formerly known as Purple Pilgrims, share the fourth and final single ‘Selenelion’ off their upcoming album, The Coin that Broke the Fountain Floor, out August 25th via Flying Nun Records. The duo will also be performing four intimate shows around the country this September. Tickets are available at Banishedmusic.com.
'Selenelion' embraces the duo's folk roots, through ethereal vocals, and elevated, gentle orchestration. Clementine and Valentine, explain, “Selenelion is a type of lunar eclipse where both the sun and moon appear in the sky at the same time. As a story the song is based on aspects of countless old folk songs and fables. A star-crossed dynamic. The meeting of a myological creature and a mortal, always ending in tragedy”
The accompanying video, directed by Britt Walton (Ladyhawke, Marlon Williams, Teeks), presents a similar doomed scenario, set in a place of significance to Clementine Valentine - Hong Kong, where the sisters grew up.
The Coin that Broke the Fountain Floor is a pivotal album in the creative evolution of sisters Clementine and Valentine Nixon, formerly known as Purple Pilgrims. It finds them leaning further than ever before into collaboration, folklore, poetry, and power. Their intertwined vocals reach for loftier, more operatic heights of pop and myth, heartbreak and desire, suffused with the spirit of storytelling heroines long lost to time. The album title alludes to the tipping point extremes of recent years, coloured by dreams crushing, wishes gathering, and an abundance of hope.
The Coin that Broke the Fountain Floor sees the duo working alongside NY city producer Randall Dunn (Oneohtrix Point Never, Danny Elfman, Jim Jarmusch) and legendary drummer Matt Chamberlain (David Bowie, Lana Del Rey, Fiona Apple). Final audio finessing came courtesy of Brooklyn mastering engineer Heba Kadry (Bjork, Beach House, Slowdive). The results are regal and richly layered, softly orchestral yet lithe and shimmering.
The Coin that Broke the Fountain Floor is out August 25th via Flying Nun Records.