Pickle Darling has announced their new album, Laundromat.
Set for release on June 16th, it will be the Ōtautahi multi-instrumentalist’s first release since signing to the esteemed US label, Father/Daughter Records, earlier this year.
“Laundromat is Pickle Darling creating their own tiny worlds, but ones that are large enough to welcome anyone who might need them,” the official album description reads. “It’s a reminder that we can escape into art at any given moment, and how those moments might help us onto the next. Whether it’s the swirling kaleidoscope of a washing machine on spin, or the melody of your friend’s voice, Laundromat places a frame around the beautiful nothing, sculpting these moments into something tangible and noteworthy.”
A Rolling Stone AU/NZ favourite, Pickle Darling is the lo-fi bedroom pop project of Lukas Mayo, who has been releasing some sterling Bandcamp records over the past several years under the moniker.
To celebrate the album announcement, the musician has shared a new single, “Head Terrarium”, which comes accompanied by a delightfully whimsical music video directed by Martin Sagadin (watch below).
“Head Terrarium” follows Pickle Darling’s first single of the year, “King of Joy”, a song that was among the music they initially worked on following the completion of their last album and will now feature on Laundromat.
Mayo just returned from showcasing his work as Pickle Darling at the prestigious SXSW festival, highlighting the strength of Aoteroa’s current music scene alongside the likes of Hans Pucket and Georgia Lines (check out Lines’ detailed tour diary from the festival).
For their first post-SXSW set, Pickle Darling supported Vera Allen in Christchurch last week, and they’ll follow that up with another supporting slot in the same city for Carb On Carb later this month (tickets available here). Pickle Darling had previously backed up Fontaines D.C. in Christchurch earlier this year.
Pickle Darling’s “Head Terrarium” is out now. Laundromat is out June 16th via Father/Daughter Records (pre-save/pre-order here).