Under the name Fazerdaze, Amelia Murray records dreamy indie-pop songs from her bedroom in Auckland, New Zealand. Over the past few years she has opened for bands such as Unknown Mortal Orchestra and Frankie Cosmos and this Friday, May 5, she will release debut album Morningside. The album is streaming exclusively on The FADER this week ahead that date.
Named after the area of Auckland she calls home, Morningside is filled with songs reflecting on intense teenage friendships, inward looking love songs, the joys of travel, and being bad at replying to texts. It's a scrappy bedroom record made with heart, whose DIY set-up belies a complex set of ideas hiding in its psyche.
"Making Morningside was a way for me to look inwards through a time of constant change and growth," Murray told The FADER via email. "I recorded the songs in multiple different spaces; various flats I was moving between, friends houses, practice spaces, studios etc. To me, the many different recording locations reflect how displaced and unsettled I was feeling through making it, all the while I was in search for a home and stability. I wrote and recorded it through a transitional time so looking back, the album was a safe space for me to process and observe myself."
Morningside is released on May 5 via Flying Nun. Fazerdaze is on tour in the U.K. throughout May. See below for details.