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Amelia Murray, the 24-year-old Auckland musician who records as Fazerdaze, is the latest signee to Flying Nun Records. On her debut LP, Morningside, it’s instantly clear that she is not beholden to the label’s signature style of Velvets-indebted guitar pop known as the “Dunedin sound.” Her potent indie pop of goes for a feeling of clarity instead.
Murray draws from a relatively limited pallet—guitars, drums, the occasional keyboard line—but Morningside is notably more confident than anything on her debut EP from three years ago. She moves through styles gracefully, from straight-ahead fuzz guitar riffs to more subdued collages of sound. Opener “Last to Sleep” begins with just Murray’s airy vocals and steady strums; the song steadily grows, adding in shuffling percussion and synth beeps as it zips by. The chipper lead single “Lucky Girl” amps up, layer by layer, from its acoustic intro to a sticky chorus (“I know I’m a lucky girl”), as if Murray is repeating the sentiment to make herself believe it. Closer “Bedroom Talks” would feel at home on the next Orchid Tapes compilation with its bubble-pop electronic drums, cricket chirps, and Murray’s sweet vocals dripping in reverb. It is a web of a song that sounds made to be played at dusk.