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Clementine Valentine Detail a ‘Star-Crossed Dynamic’ on Final Album Single

Clementine Valentine

Katya Brook

Clementine Valentine have released a final single from their forthcoming album, The Coin That Broke the Fountain Floor.

Titled “Selenelion” (the word for what occurs during a lunar eclipse when the sun and moon are both observed above the horizon), the song “is based on aspects of countless old folk songs and fables.”

“A star-crossed dynamic. The meeting of a mythological creature and a mortal, always ending in tragedy.”

Clementine and Valentine Nixon may be mere mortals, but they clearly possess a god-like gift for ethereal art pop. Formerly known as Purple Pilgrims, the sisters decided to perform under their birth names this year, and it’s a decision that’s richly rewarded fans so far. “Selenelion” follows the equally beautiful “The Rope”“Time and Tide” and “Endless Night”, and all four will feature on The Coin That Broke the Fountain Floor.

“Selenelion” is accompanied by a music video, helmed by Britt Walton (Ladyhawke, Marlon Williams), which you can watch below. The clip is set in Hong Kong, a place of great significance to the Nixon sisters as the place they grew up. The pair gained experience by performing in unconventional spaces and music venues throughout the Asian city’s abandoned industrial estates when they worked under the Purple Pilgrims moniker.

Following the release of The Coin That Broke the Fountain Floor later this month, Clementine Valentine will embark on a New Zealand tour in September, taking in stops in Wellington, Dunedin, Christchurch and Auckland (see full dates below).

Clementine Valentine’s “Selenelion” is out now. The Coin That Broke the Fountain Floor is out August 25th via Flying Nun Records (pre-order here). 

Clementine Valentine 2023 New Zealand Tour

Ticket information available via banishedmusic.com

Thursday, September 7th
Meow, Wellington

Friday, September 8th
The Crown, Dunedin

Saturday, September 9th
Space Academy, Christchurch

Saturday, September 16th
Whammy Bar, Auckland