New Zealand singer-songwriter Fazerdaze has shared the EP Break!, her first release in over five years.
Fazerdaze, the moniker of multi-instrumentalist Amelia Murray, last release came in 2017 when she dropped her debut studio album Morningside. Prior to that, she first gained acclaim in 2014 for her self-released self-titled EP, which was notably recorded entirely in her bedroom studio in Auckland.
The new EP features five tracks, including lead single “Come Apart” and the previously released title track, with all coming together to form an intimate portrait of an artist undergoing a journey of rediscovery as both musician and human.
Break! was completed during a three-month lockdown in New Zealand, with Amelia having to contend with living in solitude for the first time; in addition, it was in the direct aftermath of a lengthy nine-year relationship.
“Because I was so private about the pain I was experiencing I called the EP Break! to reflect the way that I got myself out of the pain; by breaking, shouting for help, drawing a line and telling people around me that I’d had enough,” Amelia explains.
“It was an ugly but transformative time, and I made massive shifts forward in my life when I finally allowed myself to come undone. In this space of brokenness, I found power, freedom, a blank canvas. Break! is ultimately about surrender and acceptance of ugly truths.”
To celebrate her new EP, Fazerdaze has two launch shows next month: at Wellington’s San Fran on November 25th and Auckland’s Hollywood Avondale on November 26th. Tickets for both shows are on sale now via Under The Radar.
The upcoming shows will be her first live performances in Aotearoa since the beginning of 2020. US-based artist carwash and rising New Zealand-Korean star hanbee will provide support for both shows.
Fazerdaze’s Break! is out now.