Absolute Truth, the long-awaited album from Auckland-based chanteur Lawrence Arabia, is set to be unveiled come July.
Hitting the airwaves today, second single ‘Another Century’ follows on from Absolute Truth’s sublime first output, ‘A Lake’. Engineered and co-produced by Mike Fabulous in the Hutt Valley amidst the album’s recording under plastic moulding factory Gyro Plastics, ‘Another Century’ is a contemporary love story like only Mr. Arabia can deliver.
A stunning second single from one of Aotearoa’s foremost songwriters, ‘Another Century’ is available here.
Akin to the quirky epic love poems Lawrence mastered on Chant Darling (see ‘Dream Teacher’, ‘Auckland CBD Part Two’), the song pairs a knowing nostalgia with a ripe sexual tension to dramatic effect. A shuffling disco beat ushering soaring strings lures the listener in like an expert fisherman before Larry even drops his first line. Always one to cast the mundane in a new light, the song’s opening hints at a crisis of global warming (“It's impolite to say this is the best summer ever/ Especially not in the presence of farmers/ Who're living through disaster”).
‘Another Century’s’ backstory looms large with contemporary anxiety before zooming into sweetly proposing a new era for lovers alone: “...these sun-kissed loves / So doomed and so fragile… why should we now end this? Just cos the sun's going down/ Just cos the air's getting cooler / I think we're going to be another century.”
Mastered by Mike Gibson, featuring Alistair Deverick (Boycrush) on drums and violinists Mahuia Bridgman-Cooper and Jess Hindin, ‘Another Century’ is both sardonic and sentimental, clever and charming, and sure to elate thoughtful feelers and feeling thinkers alike.
Lawrence Arabia’s album Absolute Truth is due for release on Flying Nun on 8 July 2016. Pre-orders are available via Flying Out here.
Be sure to catch Lawrence Arabia on tour around the country from Wednesday 13 July. Tickets are available now from Under the Radar.