FLYING NUN RECORDS - YEAR IN REVIEW
2017 has been a good year for us up at the Nun.
In addition to the album list below, we also have a special shout out to Street Chant who won the Taite Music Prize in April (for their 2016 album, Hauora), and also the Flying Nun Foundation which launched at the APRA Silver Scrolls in Dunedin.
We released eleven albums this year, with a mix of new and reissues. We’re honoured to be working with all these clever sorts and can't wait to show you all what we have installed for 2018!
- Ben, Matthew, Josh, Fuzzy and friends.
FN568 The Bats – The Deep Set (LP/CD/Digital)
The Bats release The Deep set 30 years on from the hugely influential debut album Daddy’s Highway. Recorded by Ben Edwards (Aldous Harding, Nadia Reid, Marlon Williams) “the tunes are augmented by shimmering harmonies and classy string accompaniment, while guitarist Kaye Woodward's lead parts twist and meander, dripping with expression” themusic.com.au
- “The Bats are one of New Zealand's great treasures bestowed upon the world at large, and anytime they make a record, especially one as good as The Deep Set, it's an event worth celebrating” - AllMusic (US)
- “The music is richer, expansive and deeper but maintains all the amazing pop you'd expect on a record by The Bats” - Noisy (US)
- “The band’s signature sound, led by Robert Scott’s strum and Kaye Woodward’s snaky leads, remains intact and winning as ever” - Brooklyn Vegan (US)
FN570 The Courtneys – The Courtneys II (LP/CD/Digital)
Released worldwide on Flying Nun, The Courtneys II turned up on numerous “Best of 2017” lists, including Pitchfork who wrote “Vancouver’s the Courtneys capture the shambolic spirit of New Zealand bands like the Clean and write effortlessly catchy songs about heartache and longing”. The band have spent much of 2017 on the road, regularly selling out shows in places like New York and even making it down to NZ/AU for The Others Way Festival.
- #15 Best Rock Albums of the Year – Pitchfork (US)
- "Recalls velvety 1980s kiwi acts such as the Clean and Look Blue Go Purple. Crucially, though, the Courtneys bust out of the ramshackle Dunedin sound with bold, driving arrangements and thrilling pop sense." Pitchfork 8/10 (US)
- “The Courtneys channel more wit, fun, humour, and intelligence into ‘The Courtneys II’ than most bands manage in their entire discography. Go seek it out” - Clash Music 8/10 (UK)
- “Well-crafted and delightfully infectious, The Courtneys II is a sequel that surpasses their already-great original.” Exclaim 8/10 (Canada)
FN572 Look Blue Go Purple – Still Bewitched (Reissue – 2xLP/CD/Digital)
Still Bewitched captures the bands three brilliant EPs plus additional previously unreleased tracks recorded from various live shows. Pitchfork gave the release ‘Best New Reissue” saying ”In the 1980s, the women of Look Blue Go Purple helped define the Flying Nun label’s Dunedin sound, putting their own enchanted spin on gentle guitar pop”. Pitchfork (US) 8.3/10
- “Look Blue Go Purple should now get the credit they deserve, and be remembered for what they are: vital proponents of a vibrant, inspirational scene that was, and still is, significant to many people.” - The Quietus (UK)
- “...one of the most enchanting, bewitching (yup) bands on the Flying Nun roster and heck, 30 years on they still sound enchanting, unique…at times magical.” - Blurt 5/5 (US)
FN574 Fazerdaze – Morningside (Clear LP/LP/CD/Digital)
Fazerdaze released Morningside in May this year and has been on tour around the world ever since – selling out shows from New York to London to Tokyo and more. Her video for ‘Lucky Girl’ has clocked up nearly 4.5million views since March and the critics can’t get enough: Pitchfork, The Guardian, Mojo, Record Collector, Drowned in Sound, The NZ Herald, The Line of Best Fit and more all give Morningside the big thumbs up.
- #3 Best Local Album of The Year - The Spinoff (NZ)
- #7 Best Shoegaze and Dreampop of the Year – Popmatters (US)
- #8 Album of The Year – God is in the TV (UK)
- #11 Album of The Year – NZ Herald (NZ)
- “Hazy brilliance” – MOJO 4/5 (UK)
- “A new Kiwi act on legendary Flying Nun label who sounds like an old Kiwi act on legendary Flying Nun label. Which makes it brilliant” - The Guardian (UK)
- "A perfect burst of swooning, happy-sad bedroom guitar-pop sunshine." - Gorilla Vs Bear (US)
- "It's a stellar debut, confirming her as one of New Zealand's most exciting artists of the moment" - NZ Herald 5/5 (NZ)
- “An Album that will be much loved” Record Collector 4/5 (UK)
FN575 Aldous Harding – Party (White LP/LP/CD/Digital)
It has been a huge 2017 for Aldous Harding since the release of Party. After a year of worldwide touring, TV appearances on …Later with Jools Holland and features in the New York Times, Aldous returned home to sell out shows including Auckland’s The Civic and Album of the Year’ accolades from the likes of the NZ Herald and UK’s Rough Trade – not to mention numerous other international ‘Best Of 2017’ lists. Oh, and along the way she was at it she picked up ‘Best Alternative Album’ and ‘Breakthrough Artist’ at the NZ Music Awards.
- #1 Album of the Year – NZ Herald (NZ)
- #1 Album of The Year – Rough Trade (UK)
- #2 Best Local Album of The Year - The Spinoff (NZ)
- #10 Album of the Year – Mojo Magazine (UK)
- #10 Album of the Yeay – NPR (USA)
- "Simply Stunning” – Record Collector 5/5 (UK)
- “An album that creates a very particular headspace of desire, paranoia and possibility” - The Guardian 4/5 (UK)
FN577 Mermaidens – Perfect Body (Orange LP/CD/Digital)
Wellingtons Mermaidens have had a big year releasing their dark and captivating second album Perfect Body to worldwide critical acclaim. I-D described them as one of “New Zealand's most enigmatic and engaging young bands” and God is in the TV gave the album 9/10 writing “There’s something almost transcendent about the music”. Alongside all this critical praise the band have regularly impressed live audiences in New Zealand and Australia. Like Aldous Harding and Fazerdaze the band have also showing up in various ‘Best of 2017’ lists including Sydney’s ‘The Brag’ and Ireland’s ‘The Galway Advertiser’
- #6 Album of The Year– The Brag (Aus)
- #8 Album of the Year – Galway Advertiser (IR)
- “Possesses a playful intelligence revising some well-known formulas to construct a new, encapsulating entity” - Soundlab 8/10 (UK)
FN585 Bressa Creeting Cake – S/T (Reissue – 2xLP/Digital)
Never released before on vinyl, this expanded double LP edition of the bands' self-titled debut also features tracks from the Papa People EP plus b-sides and rarities.
FN350 Garageland – Last Exit to Garageland (Reissue – 2xLP/Digital)
Auckland New Zealand's Garageland made a big splash with their debut record Come Back Special in August 1995 and the subsequent album Last Exit to Garageland in 1996. This double LP reissue gathers all these tracks plus b-sides and rarities.
FN576 Grayson Gilmour – Otherness (Milky-White Coloured LP/CD/Digital)
Otherness is Grayson Gilmour’s third record with Flying Nun Records, follows on from 2014’s critically acclaimed ‘Infinite Life!’ (nominated for both NZ Music Award and the 2015 Taite Prize) and over a 15 year music career, Grayson has built himself a dedicated fan base and admiration from music critics across New Zealand and internationally.
- “The melodies are lovely, the production crackles with colour, and the whole thing marks a new level of achievement” - Radio NZ
- “A sophisticated, artfully rendered album of electronic music that breathes and pulses with a human heart." Allmusic.com 9/10 (US)
- “If you stop for a moment, breathe and listen. Really listen, you will appreciate the beauty that is Otherness.” Muzic.net (NZ)
FN579 Sneaky Feelings – Progress Junction (CD/Digital)
How do you explain a near thirty-year gap between albums? Perfectionism maybe ….. tardiness certainly…… but it is well worth the wait. Sneaky Feelings, one of the original Dunedin Sound bands formed in the early 1980s return in 2017 with a brand-new album of original songs, and they even reformed and toured NZ.
- “These songs are melodic and poetic, and often employ humour even when the subject is serious” - Radio NZ
- “This is an album which rewards anew on each hearing” - Elsewhere (NZ)
- “How unexpected and marvellous to see them back together” - Stuff (NZ)
FN588 The Courneys – The Courtneys (Blue LP/LP/Reissue)
Vancouver three-piece The Courtneys' excellent 2013 self-titled debut reissued on Flying Nun Records. Available again on standard and limited edition blue vinyl. Though inspired by classic Flying Nun and C86 era bands, as well as Teenage Fanclub, Pavement, and Eddy Current Suppression Ring, The Courtneys’ sound is not tied to one single era. A penchant for pop craft collides with the trio’s underlying punk aesthetic, resulting in slacker rock that’s at once sweet and subtle.