Lawrence Arabia’s fourth album Absolute Truth hits shelves around the country on Friday (June 8th).
NZ’s song-book connoisseur Lawrence Arabia has a penchant for penning earworms at once inspired and unsettling, evidenced by the success of three albums - the anthemic Lawrence Arabia, the sing-along groove of Chant Darling (from which the 2009 single Apple Pie Bed took out the prestigious APRA Silver Scroll), and the sparse, dark affair that was The Sparrow, which earned Arabia (real name James Milne) a Tui (New Zealand Music Award) for Best Male Solo Album in 2013.
Now firmly positioned in the great Kiwi song hall of fame, Milne is back at the height of his powers with his fourth solo album and his strongest yet - Absolute Truth.
The album seeks what it states, as Lawrence Arabia charts an honest journey into his own contemporary struggles - always lined with an unpretentious warmth - aptly visualised in the topographical rendering of Milne’s own face on the LP sleeve.
The songs were recorded in a reclusive, night-owl bout during dark hours under plastic moulding factory Gyro Plastics in the Hutt Valley. Mike Fabulous (Lord Echo, Fabulous/Arabia) co-produced the whole affair. “The street we recorded on is all heavy industry pretty much”, says Milne. “We weren't really allowed to make noise during work hours, so we'd work from mid afternoon till the early morning, while the suburb was totally deserted.”
From the album’s sublime opener and first single A Lake (described by The Line Of Best Fit as "a confident, assured sound… Lawrence Arabia’s new album will give him the worldwide recognition his music deserves") through to second single Another Century - a contemporary love story like only Mr. Arabia can deliver. Just yesterday The music video for Another Century, directed by award-winning NZ/German filmmaker Florian Habicht, can be viewed below.
Lawrence Arabia is hitting NZ’s main trunk to bring the songs of Absolute Truth to stages around the country.
Lawrence Arabia ~ Absolute Truth Album Release Tour
Wednesday July 13th: Grainstore Gallery, Oamaru
Thursday July 14th: Sherwood, Queenstown
Friday July 15th: Maori Hill Coronation Hall, Dunedin
Saturday July 16th: Blue Smoke, Christchurch
Friday July 22nd: Cabana, Napier
Saturday July 23rd: San Fran Bath House, Wellington
Friday July 29th: Crystal Palace, Auckland
Tickets via Under The Radar