14TH OCTOBER 2022
Welcome to the weekly Flying Nun vinyl and records selection. Here we feature albums from the last 7 days.
See below for the Flying Nun record store's top selling album of the week, new release album of the week, Flying Nun record of the week, local record and interesting vinyl. Also - check out 'Going Up' and 'Going Down'
TOP SELLING ALBUM OF THE WEEK:
PRINCESS CHELSEA - EVERYTHING IS GOING TO BE ALRIGHT
Princess Chelsea crafted her upcoming “nervous breakdown album” Everything is Going to be Alright, at home in pastoral Aotearoa New Zealand. The album, due this October, is a comforting offering. These aren’t wallowing sad songs, instead, they chronicle Chelsea Nikkel's recovery, and provide a hopeful and cathartic listen. Princess Chelsea’s cinematic, dreamy pop has been refined over 11years, five albums, an E.P, and 11 singles. Her delivery and songwriting is distinctive for layering almost naive earnestness with cynical, tongue-in-check wit and aural sparkles. Her 2018 girl group meets grunge track ‘I Love My Boyfriend’ and her 2011 Nancy & Lee inspired ‘Cigarette Duet’ have recently raised their heads into a wider public consciousness via the grass roots influence of a new Tik Tok Generation.
NEW RELEASE ALBUM OF THE WEEK:
FKA TWIGS - CAPRISONGS
FKA twigs’ new mixtape CAPRISONGS is out now. The mixtape documents twigs’ “journey back to myself through my amazing collaborators and friends.” and showcases an evolution and expansion for this prolific artist who continues to thoughtfully push at the edges of her art. “CAPRISONGS… it’s bronzer in the sink, alco pop on the side, a cherry lolly, apple juice when you’re thirsty, friends in the park, your favourite person, that one sentence somebody said to you that changed everything, a club pre-game, your bestie who is always late but brings the most to the party, meeting a friend at the airport, just togetherness.” – FKA twigs.
FLYING NUN RECORD OF THE WEEK:
AVOID!AVOID - PARTICLE AND WAVE
avoid!avoid are a band from Auckland, New Zealand, who write droning, textural, sculptural, experimental, psychedelic, krauty music for science fiction films. While relatively new, the three-piece have already released an EP (Low Earth Orbit) and opened for the likes of The Fall and High Dependency Unit. Now, they are making their recorded debut album in the form of Particle and Wave. The six track release has been described as "psychospheric goodness" and it is really no surprise considering the band's line up, featuring keyboardist and vocalist Sonya Waters (Fang and White Swan, Black Swan) along with guitarist Stephen Reay and drummer Brendan Moran both from former Flying Nun act The Subliminals.
LOCAL RECORD OF THE WEEK:
TROY KINGI - YEAR OF THE RATBAGS AND THEIR MUSTY THEME SONGS
Year of the Ratbags and Their Musty Theme Songs, finds Troy Kingi (Te Arawa, Ngāpuhi, Te Whānau-ā-Apanui) taking us back to 1984, the year of his birth.The genre crossing artistic powerhouse thrills fans with a new (wave) direction, a celebration of the glittering world of the '80s – one of history’s most colourful musical eras – inspired by, ‘television theme songs and the superstars of the period such as Prince & Talking Heads, even the radio friendly sound of bands such as Tears for Fears, The Human League and Duran Duran’. An album drenched in synths and bad hair – each instrument, amplifier, engineering technique used to create it was sourced from the period, leaving no stone unturned in the quest for authenticity.
INTERESTING RECORD OF THE WEEK:
OKSANA LINDE - AQUATIC AND OTHER WORLDS
Oksana Linde is a Venezuelan artist of Ukrainian descent who belongs to the same creative trail started by artists such as Delia Derbyshire, Suzanne Ciani or Laurie Spiegel. She started producing electronic music in the early 1980s, inspired by the cosmic sounds of synthesizers and has composed music for television and theater. Almost all of her vast archive of recordings remained unreleased until the appearance of the album 'Aquatic and Other Worlds', which compiles recordings made between 1983 and 1989.
It's The What's Going Up and What's Going Down section. Here we offer our opinion on what we think is going up, and what we think might be going down. Sometimes we could be wrong. Usually related to music.
The St James Theatre on Auckland's Queen Street. Say it with us. It will be going back up! Do you think it should too? You should sign this open letter (click that text) to help get that beautiful venue restored. Thanks Chlöe Swarbrick for keeping this convo going.
Recitals heading to the South Island for the first time during their upcoming tour!