• lawrence arabia Absolute Truth (LP, £18.75)

    label: flying nun

    Lawrence Arabia - the pseudonym of James Milne - is a connoisseur of classic songwriting, creating timeless music inspired as much by 1970's West Coast Americana as New Zealand indie pop. Despite his third album winning a New Zealand Music Award, Lawrence Arabia’s music has struggled a little to translate beyond Australasia. “A Lake”, however, might just be the thing to combat this. On the track, Milne returns to the sunny, vibrant style characteristic of his second album, Chant Master, now combined with Beatles-influenced elements of his third, The Sparrow. The result is a confident, assured sound and the overall feeling that he's finally happened upon the sound that works for him: one that's simultaneously wistful, meandering and perfectly compact. In April 2016 Lawrence Arabia released the first single A Lake from his album Absolute Truth. Described by The Line Of Best Fit as: "a confident, assured sound and the overall feeling that he's finally happened upon the sound that works for him... with tracks as strong as this, there's every chance that Lawrence Arabia's new album will give him the worldwide recognition his music deserves." 1. A Lake 2. Sweet Dissatisfaction 3. The Old Dancefloor 4. I Waste My Time 5. Brain Gym 6. O Heathcote 7. Another Century 8. The Palest Of Them All 9. Mask Of Maturity 10. What Became of that Angry Young Man


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