21st 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: 

FAZERDAZE - BREAK!
Break! was completed during a three-month-long lockdown in NZ while Fazerdaze, AKA Amelia Murray, was living in solitude for the first time and directly in the aftermath of a nine-year-long relationship. Amelia says of Break!, "I wish I had broken earlier because it was one of the truest things I ever did for myself. This EP is about finally allowing myself to give up. It’s about severing from the people in my life that weren’t good for me and ditching the false parts of myself that were conditioned and not authentic. It’s everything I wasn’t allowing myself to feel over the past few years; angry, disappointed, cynical, exhausted and over it."

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NEW RELEASE ALBUM OF THE WEEK:

DRY CLEANING - STUMPWORK
Stumpwork is the follow-up to Dry Cleaning's 2021’s New Long Leg. The South London-based group’s first studio album, recorded in just two weeks with producer John Parish at the iconic Rockfield Studios, became a huge critical and commercial success reaching #4 in the UK Album Charts and featuring in best-of-2021 polls across the board. Buoyed by its success, Nick Buxton (drums), Tom Dowse (guitar), Lewis Maynard (bass) and Florence Shaw (vocals) returned to rural Wales in late 2021, partnering once more with Parish and engineer Joe Jones. Working from a position of trust in the same studio and with the same team, imposter syndrome and anxiety was replaced by a fresh freedom and openness to explore beyond an already rangy sonic palette, a newfound confidence in their creative vision. A longer period in the studio afforded the time to experiment, improvise, play, sharpen their table tennis skills.

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FLYING NUN RECORD OF THE WEEK:

VOOM - HELLO, ARE YOU THERE?
Flying Nun Records and New Zealand indie cult band Voom's reissue of the 2006 album Hello, Are You There? — out for the first time ever on vinyl. This 15th anniversary reissue of Hello, Are You There? contains 17 short, sharp slices of life; the 16 remastered album tracks, plus bonus track 'Jimmy’s Boner’, that fans of the band will recognise from live performances. The album swings from infectious fuzz-pop to janglers and even dips to teary-eyed ballads, but, whatever the mood, the songs celebrate the pure pleasure of a catchy chorus and honest emotion that is refreshingly irony-free. Hello, Are You There? is simply a lovely, unpretentious pop record. It’s not only cohesive; it's wholly compelling and should be staple in everyone’s record collection.

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LOCAL RECORD OF THE WEEK:

SCOTT MANION - LOVING ECHOES 
Loving Echoes is the first solo album by Scott Mannion, co-founder of Lil' Chief Records (Jonathan Bree, Princess Chelsea, the Ruby Suns). A cult figure in the New Zealand alternative music canon, Loving Echoes is his first release in 15 years. An older, wearier brother to the Tokey Tones music, Loving Echoes is delicate, fragmented and painstakingly arranged. It is bold and ambitious like anything from Scott's hero Brian Wilson, but at the same time understated (think Young Marble Giants), with the tenderness and fragility of Sparklehorse. The album features cameos by Scott’s New Zealand label-mates (Jonathan Bree on bass, Ryan McPhun playing drums and co-producing, while Lawrence Arabia and Princess Chelsea contribute backing vocals), as well as French Horn player and Catalan musician Clara Viñals, who duets with Scott on ‘Somebody Else’s Dream’ and ‘Your Kinda Love’.

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INTERESTING RECORD OF THE WEEK:

FOUR TET - NEW ENERGY
UK electronic producer Kieren Hebden's restless forward momentum and pursuit of new sounds make every Four Tet album distinct from its predecessor. But with Four Tet’s ninth album, 2017's 'New Energy', Hebden does something unexpected: he revisits previous sounds. There’s the low-key warmth of 2003’s 'Rounds', the free jazz at the heart of 2005’s 'Everything Ecstatic', the friendly thump of 2012’s 'Pink', the sprawl of 2015’s 'Morning/Evening'. Downtempo nodders, beatless passages that flow into big bangers—he synthesizes all this into his most accessible listen since 'There is Love in You'. (Pitchfork)

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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. 

GOING UP!

The fantastic people at Eyegum Music Collective getting together a fantastic lineup of musicians from across the motu and beyond to perform at Welcome To Nowhere festival next February! 

GOING DOWN!

The days until our end of year party, Beautiful Things! Tickets available here