Flying Nun Records - 5 May 2017
Fazerdaze, aka New Zealand’s Amelia Murray, has already accomplished so much even before releasing her debut record, a testament to how her music has already captivated audiences. She has been praised by NME, played with Unknown Mortal Orchestra and Connan Mockasin, and was invited to join the Red Bull Music Academy in Montreal in 2016. In May, she’s taking her band to the UK to play The Great Escape Festival. Before that, Murray will release Morningside, her first full-length record and the most complete document of her intricate songwriting to date.
Named after the New Zealand suburb where Murray finally feels at home, Morningside plots its course carefully through the rocky terrain of finding place and peace in personal growth. Growing pains are central to Morningside and Murray’s meditations on the concurrent exhilaration and intimidation of an older kind of life and love never feel cloying. Instead, on every track, Murray builds an intimate relationship with the listener. Each song is personal, but never isolating. The album is like reading someone’s journal with their express permission: at turns it seems full of the most universal of feelings, as well as the kind of sensory and narrative details that make for the truest kind of memoir.
Murray perfects a humble light and shade with each song on Morningside: opening track “Last To Sleep” conveys that subtle kind of fear that comes with handing one’s feelings over to another. “Jennifer”, the only song that carries over from the debut Fazerdaze EP is a song about teenage friendship. “Half-Figured” heaves with a self-effacing angst, and “Shoulders” is a whisper of relief, a love song for someone sleeping; And on “Bedroom Talks”, it’s about the safety of comfort, being able to speak candidly and truthfully when one feels at home, when only the right person is listening. It’s a feeling of absolute ease, of the purest kind of communication.
Morningside will be released on 5 May through vaunted New Zealand label Flying Nun. Flying Nun has been the home for three decades of heartfelt, literate records produced by determinedly independent musicians, and Fazerdaze is the latest in that tradition. Morningside was written, produced and recorded by Murray, an approach that makes her debut record a genuine expression of her place in the world.
"It may be a little early for you to be looking for your perfect summer album, but if you are, you can stop - you've just found it. This debut from New Zealand's Amelia Murray packs 10 perfect dream-pop songs into 31 minutes." The Sunday Times
"It's a scrappy bedroom record made with heart, whose DIY set-up belies a complex set of ideas hiding in its psyche." The Fader
"Hazy brilliance." Mojo 4*s
"A new Kiwi act on legendary Flying Nun label who sounds like an old Kiwi act on legendary Flying Nun label. Which makes it brilliant." The Guardian
"This is the sonic equivalent to cut grass and wearing shorts and cracking open a cold one with the boys." Noisey
"Morningside is a beauty." Louder than War 9/10
"It's bedroom chamber pop at its most compelling." London in Stereo
Elegant dream pop” - NME
“Built around wistful romanticism, Murray’s soft vocal is full of languid charm, the perfect counter-point to the compelling guitar which hangs forever in the background.” – Gold Flake Paint