28th 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."
NEW RELEASE ALBUM OF THE WEEK:
SJD - SWEETHEART
SJD takes a piecemeal approach to genre, thoughtfully employing electronics, strings and sounds to subvert the traditional 3 minute pop song structure. A quiet overachiever, SJD is one of Aotearoa’s most lauded songwriters, winning two Aotearoa Music Awards, the Taite Music Prize (in 2013 for Elastic Wasteland), and was shortlisted for the APRA Silver Scroll in 2007 for his song Beautiful Haze. SJD proudly releases his ninth album Sweetheart, released digitally and on vinyl LP. Sweetheart features an impressive cast of contributors, including Tami Neilson, Don McGlashan, James Milne, Anika Moa, Julia Deans, Deryk, EJ Barnes, Sandy Mill, Peau Halapua and Chris O’Connor.
FLYING NUN RECORD OF THE WEEK:
THE CHILLS - KALEIDOSCOPE WORLD
Kaleidoscope World is not just the starting point for The Chills, but an insight into the world of New Zealand guitar-pop and the Dunedin Sound an influence which carries on to indie-pop bands around the world today. Originally released in 1986, the compilation captures the best of the magical early period recordings of The Chills and simply oozes excitement and possibility. What was initially 8 songs (later expanded to 18 and now 24) have a unique bittersweet innocence from the title track through to the happy - sad aura of Frantic Drift and Rolling Moon. And amongst all the fragile melodies mixed with a childlike wonder, is Pink Frost for many The Chills most beloved track an eerie, haunting track, the bands first ‚hit,' perhaps the Flying Nun equivalent of Love Will Tear Us Apart.
LOCAL RECORD OF THE WEEK:
MAXINE FUNKE - PIECES OF DRIFTWOOD
Play any of Maxine Funke’s picturesque, lowkey folk tunes and you might think she was the voice of a generation calling from decades ago, lost to time until the dust is blown off of an old LP dug out from the archives, perhaps like the rediscovered legacies of Vashti Bunyan or Karen Dalton. That is, until the occasional drum machine kicks in and brings you back to the 21st century.Having played in underground New Zealand bands such as $100 Band and The Snares since 2002, Funke began her solo career in 2008, and Disciples aim to make sure that none of it is forgotten with 'Pieces Of Driftwood' gathering songs from limited vinyl runs, compilation features and unreleased material.
INTERESTING RECORD OF THE WEEK:
ZOLA JESUS - ARKHON
There is a way a voice can cut through the fascia of reality, cleaving through habit into the raw nerve of experience. Nika Roza Danilova, the singer, songwriter, and producer who since 2009 has released music as Zola Jesus, wields a voice that does that. When you hear it, it is like you are being summoned to a place that's already wrapped inside you but obscured from conscious experience. This place has been buried because it tends to hold pain, but it's also a gift, because once it's opened, once you're inside of it, it can show you the truth.Zola Jesus' new album Arkhon finds new ways of loosing this submerged, stalled pain. On previous albums, Danilova had largely played the role of auteur, meticulously crafting every aspect of the act's sound and look. This time, she realised that her habitual need for control was sealing her out of her art. Arkhon sees Zola Jesus’ first collaboration with producer Randall Dunn (Sunn O))), Earth, Mandy soundtrack, Candyman soundtrack), and with drummer and percussionist Matt Chamberlain, whose prior work appears on albums by Fiona Apple, Bob Dylan, and David Bowie.