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Outsider syndrome, New Zealand as the liberal idyll and is truth factual? It’s EP022 with Lawrence Arabia!
Lawrence Arabia AKA James Milne is a singer-songwriter from Christchurch, New Zealand with an ear for skewed indie pop melodies and an ability to write cuttingly insightful, darkly humorous lyrics.
“I had to do SOMETHING and I just kind of discovered that I could write melodies at will. I remember that specific moment in my bedroom...”
He has released four albums (including our personal favourite 2009’s Chant Darling on Bella Union), spent time living in the UK and New York and appears to be able to conjure awe-inspiring harmonic arrangements from the lifeless air.
His most recent album is 2016’s Absolute Truth, which (we’re near-obligated to say) was released on legendary New Zealand label Flying Nun Records and represents a slightly less playful, more mature sound for the songwriter.
Matt and James sat down to talk about his musical past and present, growing up on the edge of the earth and surviving the modern world.