Fazerdaze / Photo by Joey Clough
Amelia Murray, the songwriting visionary behind Fazerdaze, returned recently after a five-year hiatus, with the release of her cathartic EP Break! She was certainly welcomed back with open arms, the EP and singles garnering great reviews, such as The Line Of Best Fit praising her new musical direction as "a bold, confident step".
'Winter' certainly stands out amongst the tracklist, with its sparser instrumentation and drum-machines cradling the song's lo-fi, bittersweet mood. Speaking about the meaning behind the song, Amelia explains, "Winter is a song about hope and disappointment. It’s about striving to see the best in someone, and choosing to believe someone’s words over their actions. This song makes me think of what Maya Angelou said; “When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time”. This is something I have had to learn the hard way repeatedly, and these lyrics show me going through that lesson.
The music video, directed by Joey Clough was shot in the rain in Ōtautahi.
"My vision for this video was to have a girl in a bright coloured rain jacket on a grey winter’s day. I wanted the brightness of her jacket to symbolise the hope she is holding onto within a grey, murky situation." Amelia says of the video. "When I told Joey (the director) this vision, we were out the door in ten minutes to shoot this. We did zero planning, which worked well for me as I wasn’t able to overthink the performance."
Fazerdaze has also just been announced the support act for Lorde's upcoming tour of Aotearoa alongside Riiki Reid, performing in the following locations:
Tuesday, 21st February - Days Bay, Wellington
Wednesday 22nd February - Days Bay, Wellington
Monday 27th February - Neuedorf, Upper Moutere
Wednesday 1st March - Black Barn, Havelock North
Thursday 2nd March - Black Barn, Havelock North
Saturday 4th March - OuterFields, Auckland
Also, be sure to catch her at her upcoming headline shows (next weekend!) at The Hollywood Avondale in Tāmaki Makaurau and San Fran in Te Whanganui-A-Tara with support from US-based musician carwash NZ-Korean musician hanbee. Info below and tickets available here via UTR.
Break! is out now via section1, with vinyl available via Flying Nun Records. You can buy it here.