LAWRENCE ARABIA ABSOLUTE TRUTH TOUR

16
/ Jul
Saturday
2016

LAWRENCE ARABIA ABSOLUTE TRUTH TOUR

Location
3 Garlands Road
Venue
Blue Smoke (The Tannery)
Time
08:00 pm
Price
$30 + BF from undertheradar.co.nz

It’s no secret that NZ’s resident pop song-book connoisseur Lawrence Arabia has a penchant for penning earworms at once inspired and unsettling. His 2009 single Apple Pie Bed took out the prestigious APRA Silver Scroll, positioning Mr Arabia (real name James Milne) in the great Kiwi song hall of fame.

Fast forward a few years and the enigmatic chanteur is back, on the cusp of releasing his fourth solo album. Milne’s songwriting has reached a commanding new level of skill and control in the years following Chant Darling; 2012’s The Sparrow was a sparse, dark affair stripped back its essentials – stark imagery and unflappable hooks. Following The Sparrow came the birth of Milne’s first child, meaning that the songs to follow were written amidst “hazy post-partum exhaustion”, in Milne’s own words. “It wasn’t a time for self-indulgence or misery. Even the tiniest free moment of reflection felt like a blessing.”

The result is Arabia’s strongest yet – aptly named Absolute Truth.

The album’s debut single ‘A Lake’ is at once personal and abstract; its haunting melody ushered gracefully along by a 60’s groove and four-on-the-floor stomps. The Line Of Best Fit described it 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.”