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lawrence arabia is the pseudonym of james milne, born 1981 in christchurch, new zealand. james has already established a rich musical resume as a former member of the brunettes, the ruby suns and one time touring member of okkervil river. he has also produced for films and theatre and wrote the score for the indie film hit, 'eagle vs shark'. 'chant darling' is his uk and bella union debut. 'chant darling' is in large part hewn from james' gradual relocation to london. recorded over 18 months in a studio in stockholm, three flats in london, a garden shed in port chalmers, a car club in wellington and a studio in auckland, 'chant darling' is a modern pop masterpiece... like a mutant hybrid of jonathan richman, the beatles and beach boys... truly, resistance is futile...these 10 songs provide a wonderful example of classic song-writing combining sugar hits of harmony, sweet melody and lush orchestration that will set you reeling as the witty and sometimes forlorn tales of indolence, longing and romantic misadventure hit home.
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