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Lawrence Arabia completes Singles Club

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Lawrence Arabia has completed his innovative new album Singles Club with the final song ‘Just Sleep (Your Shame Will Keep)’ boasting a collaboration with cult US composer Van Dyke Parks.

For his new long player, the singer-songwriter James Milne released a song a month over a 12 month period. All 12 singles are now available digitally, with the vinyl/CD release set for March 29, followed by an extensive nationwide tour with his six piece band.

The final song on the Singles Club project ‘Just Sleep (Your Shame Will Keep)’ is backed with a new video shot at Roundhead by acclaimed NZ documentary filmmaker Florian Habicht and features a string arrangement from Parks, who is best known for his work on the seminal aborted Beach Boys album Smile.

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Live dates for reconvened Fabulous/Arabia

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Lawence Arabia and Mike Fabulous – aka Lord Echo – are dipping their toes back into the water with their side project Fabulous/Arabia.

The duo – whose debut album Unlimited Buffet was released in 2011 – have announced two July live date in support of the upcoming release of their first new song in seven years ‘Henry’.

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Nihilist: Liam Finn interview

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Liam Finn kind of misses being in a band. Like his friends James Milne – AKA Lawrence Arabia – and Connan Mockasin, Finn has followed a solo path since Betchadupa called it a day in 2006, preferring instead with a loose collective of regular collaborators. 

Nevertheless, he still finds the idea of just being part of a band very appealing. “I would love to be in a band,” he tells us over a pint on a sunny afternoon in Kingsland. “But it is really hard to keep a dynamic of a band going, especially if you are the main writer. To realise your vision, it’s easier to take it in your own hands.”

And his latest album The Nihilist is a prime example of why the solo approach works best for Finn. While it is his most collaborative album yet, played and co-written mainly with the band – Eliza-Jane Barrett, brother Elroy and multi-instrumentalist Jol Mulholland – he had toured with over the last few years, he admits that once it was recorded he spent a long time refining the final sound.

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Lawrence Arabia interview

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On the face of it, the “difficult second album” syndrome wasn’t really an issue for Lawrence Arabia – AKA James Milne.

Not only did his sophomore effort Chant Darling win the inaugural Dylan Taite Prize in 2010 for best New Zealand album, but the single ‘Apple Pie Bed’ also picked up the Silver Scroll for song of the year. If anything, the pressure would seem to be on for his third long player The Sparrow, which is released this month.

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