Jonathan Bree's second album 'A Little Night Music' is officially released today.
Featuring 'Weird Hardcore', 'Murder' and 'Once It Was Nice', Flood magazine accurately described it as sounding like 'Scott Walker in a Lynchian dream sequence'. The new album has been influenced significantly by classical music, after inheriting some classical music on vinyl - a first time for Beatles-mad Bree who was always too busy listening to the White Album to bother with Tchaikovsky. Thematically Bree has begun exploring interesting territory moving on from The Primrose Path and complaining about being 30 something. On A Little Night Music, Bree addresses Drone strikes (Drones & Satellites), Feeling like a tool (Tear Your Face Off), NZ racism (Murder), and disliking narcissistic millennials (There is Sadness).
Jonathan Bree's new music video for 'Murder' is out featuring a trio of confused peeps in a red room. The track described by Bree as being about 'New Zealand Xenophobic Racism' is directed by Simon Ward and also features guest soprano Ella Smith who appears on quite a few tracks on upcoming album.
The track has been described by Flood Magazine as "sounding like Scott Walker in a Lynchian dream sequence."
Murder is taken from Bree's upcoming album ' A Little Night Music ' out October 23. You can pre-order the album on cd or vinyl here, or digitally here. Preorder digitally now and you receive 'Once it Was Nice, Murder and Weird Hardcore' instantly.
The Eversons have a whole bunch of news to share with you.
They just got back from a tour of Japan, their first overseas tour. With their first album available on a kool indie label over there they discovered they actually have a pretty good following in Japan. For some often outrageous tour pictures head over to their Facebook page.
As part of the tour the Eversons released a Japanese-language EP by their alter ego, a fictional cartoon band called 'The Emilys'. You can download the EP for free / pay what you like over at bandcamp orsoundcloud
Check out some of the very cool animated video clips from the ep - all in Japanese.
Incidentally - I'm Just A Ghost is a cover of california bedroom / garage musician and artist Joe Astle known as Boa Constrictors - his albums are all available for free and are worth checking out if you like the sound of a Daniel Johnston Beach Boys Pixies hybrid.
And finally, the Eversons have announced that they're moving to London. They head off in about a week, so go and farewell them at their last New Zealand show this Friday at Portland Public House - also playing will be Lil' Chief band Voom!
Jonathan Bree has released a new single ‘Once It Was Nice’.
‘Once It Was Nice’ is the second single from an upcoming second album ‘ A Little Night Music’ which will be released on October 23 2015. The music video is comprised of one shot on a carousel on Brighton Beach.
Roughly two years since his first solo album 2013’s Primrose Path, ‘A Little Night Music’ sees Bree taking a more free-form approach to his usually more rigid and pop-minded style. This is partly due to a new interest in classical music, more specifically Russian Ballet suites. 'A Little Night Music' features a string quartet, and guest vocals by Auckland soprano Ella Smith.
The first single from this album ‘Weird Hardcore’ surfaced last year with a creepy video made by Simon Ward.
Jonathan Brees new album ‘A Little Night Music’ is now available for digital pre-order - if you pre-order now you will get Once it Was Nice and Weird Hardcore instantly. The album is also available for physical pre-order from the Lil Chief webstore.
New Zealand will be paying further homage to her musical highness at shows in Christchurch (tonight at the Darkroom), Wellington on Saturday (at Moon 1) and Auckland on Sunday (at the Kings Arms). Tickets for these shows can be purchased at Undertheradar.
After that, Princess Chelsea will head to the northern hemisphere for more shows - full tour dates are here and are still being updated.
Lil' Chief Records and Flying Nun are pleased to announce the imminent release of Princess Chelsea's second album 'The Great Cybernetic Depression'.
Lil' Chief has teamed up with local buddies Flying Nun to release the album worldwide - in New Zealand on May 1, US and UK on June 8, and Europe on May 18th.
Chelsea has also revealed the buzzy cover-art by Brad Fafejta. Sources say the album sounds quite a lot how it looks aka 'buzzy'.
Chelsea and band will support the release by a full New Zealand tour followed by a European and US jaunt over the New Zealand winter.
New Zealand Shows:
Wed April 29 - Chicks Hotel, Dunedin w/ special guests
Thur April 30 - The Sherwood, Queenstown (door sales only)
Fri May 1 - Darkroom, Christchurch w/ special guests (free show)
Sat May 2 - Moon 1, Wellington w/ special guests
Sun May 3 - Kings Arms, Auckland w/ special guests
Witty five-piece The Eversons have teamed up with the rebellious film-makers at Candlelit Pictures to produce their next music video -Emily, directed by acclaimed duo THUNDERLIPS.
This music video is a glam-rock musical set in our own fictitious version of the infamous dumpling restaurant on Auckland’s Dominion Road - New Flavor - it’s a musical comedy taken to the extreme, starring the band, two dancing dumplings and Go Girls/Step Dave/Flat 3 star JJ Fong as ‘Emily’.
“Emily is a song about being in love with New Zealand music. A tribute to Split Enz, Chris Knox, Phil Judd, Don McGlashan, Dave Dobbyn, all the greats. And even though they might piss you off sometimes, in the end you can’t help but love them all. It's also a song about finding yourself in one of those relationships, where you yell and fight but in the end you really love each other.” - Mark Turner (vocals, acoustic guitar - The Eversons)
The Eversons playing a handful of shows across the country to support Emily
Today we are excited to release 'Emily' the first single from the Eversons forthcoming sophomore album 'Stuck in New Zealand'
Mark Turner, lead singer of the Eversons says "Emily is a song about being in love with New Zealand music. A tribute to Split Enz, Chris Knox, Phil Judd, Don McGlashan, Dave Dobbyn, all the greats. And even though they might piss you off sometimes, in the end you can’t help but love them all."
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