Fazerdaze @ The Louisiana, Bristol, United Kingdom
Global Live presents
3rd May 2017
The brainchild of Amelia Murray, Fazerdaze began as a string of bedroom recordings created late in the night, emerging fully-formed in 2014 as her debut eponymous EP. A succinct collection of intimate, beautifully produced dream pop written, produced and performed by Murray with final touches added by Jonathan Pearce (Watercolours, Anthonie Tonnon) it’s a significant first outing for the young New Zealander. Layers of softly crunching guitars make up a swirling textural bed over consistently driving drum machines, and sparse electronica. Murray’s delicate vocals cut with precision through the haze, evoking the intimacy of the domestic space in which the songs were created.
The EP quickly took flight, receiving critical acclaim from blogs and publications around the globe. NME described it as ‘elegant dream pop’, while US blog HillyDilly exclaimed that ‘Fazerdaze transports us to a warm, optimistic sonic space with her glistening synths and mellow acoustic guitar strums’. NZ’s Sunday Star Times listed it in their Best of 2014 spread, hailing it as a ‘versatile collection of pop songs... with Murray’s yearning, reverb- drenched vocals echoing around pronounced electric guitars.'
2015 saw Fazerdaze and her band shift to another level, opening the New Zealand Silver Scroll Awards with her cover of Marlon Williams’ Dark Child as well as supporting and touring international acts like Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Luna and Milky Chance. With a debut album ready for 2016, this is just the beginning for Amelia Murray and Fazerdaze.