"Morningside is an elegant introduction into the soft dulcet tones of summer joy, Amelia’s euphonious vocals will have you swooning over every lyric..."
At 24 years old the Wellington born Amelia Murray is far more mature than the comma-number next to her name suggests. Based in Morningside, Auckland (surprise, surprise), Murray floats through indie guitar pop on the slightest of breath. Boasting her signature dreamy style paired with a more developed sense of wholeness, Murray seems to be at one with her own concepts of self and love and being, let loose in an album, seemingly built upon the foundations of 2am bedrooms sessions. Heaving with trepidation and an underlying hope, this is so much more than a little pop number, this is a refined bedroom project buried in complexity, that would've been a dream summer release, if the summer actually came at all.
If you haven't heard Fazerdaze either at Laneway Festival or through her debut EP, Morningside is an elegant introduction into the soft dulcet tones of summer joy, Amelia’s euphonious vocals will have you swooning over every lyric and delicate guitar string and hi-hat. As you float high above an Auckland summer with “Take It Slow” and “Shoulders” Amelia brings it home on upbeat winners like “Lucky Girl” and “Last to Sleep”, while bringing you closer and addressing her vulnerabilities on “Half-Figured” and “Bedroom Talks”, the latter somehow dripping in romanticism that you can't quite put into words.
The album is true to Fazerdaze style, the soft, bubbly, yet limited palette with which she works brings out the subtleties of her intimacy, the buoyant melodies keeping you afloat through a joyful homage to millennial vulnerability stripped down to the core, both infectious and graceful. This is the kind of album to have on repeat whenever the sun brings itself out, I just wish it was released in December, that would've been a vibe and a half.
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