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Clementine Valentine Share Single “Selenelion” – New Album Out August 25th via Flying Nun Records

August 16, 2023
Photo credit: Katya Brook


Share new single “Selenelion”
Album ‘The Coin That Broke The Fountain Floor’ due August 25th via Flying Nun

Aotearoa/New Zealand sisters Clementine Valentine, formerly known as Purple Pilgrims, are sharing their new single “Selenelion“, taken from their upcoming album ‘The Coin That Broke The Fountain Floor‘, which is due August 25th via Flying Nun. 

On the new single, Clementine Valentine said “‘Selenelion’ is a type of lunar eclipse where both the sun and moon appear in the sky at the same time. As a story the song is based on aspects of countless old folk songs and fables. A star-crossed dynamic. The meeting of a myological creature and a mortal, always ending in tragedy. —- The video by Britt Walton follows the same doomed scenario, set in a place dear to us –  Hong Kong, where we grew up.”

Every track that Clementine Valentine has shared, has offered this broad range of sincere, enveloping and heartfelt ensembles. The last taste for the new record combines all the above for this haunting composition. Clementine Valentine are once again leading the way with the most emotive, beautiful arrangements. The latest release channels such affection through the minimalist textures that sweep into intensive bursts and hook the audience with powerful words and delicate harmonies.

Sisters Clementine and Valentine Nixon draw inspiration from their nomadic family heritage, creating music that evokes contrasting moods: ancient and modern, paradise and isolation, beauty and brokenness, ritual and the present moment. 

Having grown up between New Zealand and Hong Kong, the sisters gained experience by performing in unconventional spaces and rogue music venues throughout Hong Kong’s abandoned industrial estates, captivating audiences with their blend of experimental noise and futuristic dream-pop as Purple Pilgrims.

The duo have since toured the world extensively alongside the likes of Ariel Pink, Aldous Harding, John Maus, and Weyes Blood. It’s a lifestyle embedded in their lineage; travelling musicians and performers go back hundreds of years on their maternal side (as documented on recordings such as The Travelling Stewarts, from 1968). As children, the sisters were taught to sing traditional balladry by their grandmother, daughter of revered Traveller musician Davie Stewart (later recorded by Alan Lomax).

While their earlier works were self-produced and released through underground labels, the sisters have honed their skills to create a more fully realised and sophisticated new sound. 

The Coin that Broke the Fountain Floor is a pivotal album in the creative evolution of sisters Clementine and Valentine Nixon, formerly known as Purple Pilgrims. It finds them leaning further than ever before into collaboration, folklore, poetry, and power. Their intertwined vocals reach for loftier, more operatic heights of pop and myth, heartbreak and desire, suffused with the spirit of storytelling heroines long lost to time. The album title alludes to the tipping point extremes of recent years, coloured by dreams crushing, wishes gathering, and an abundance of hope.The Coin that Broke the Fountain Floor sees the duo working alongside NY city producer Randall Dunn (Oneohtrix Point Never, Danny Elfman, Jim Jarmusch) and legendary drummer Matt Chamberlain (David Bowie, Lana Del Rey, Fiona Apple). Final audio finessing came courtesy of Brooklyn mastering engineer Heba Kadry (Bjork, Beach House, Slowdive). The results are regal and richly layered, softly orchestral yet lithe and shimmering.

The Coin That Broke The Fountain Floor tracklist:
1. Gatekeeper
2. All I See
3. Time and Tide
4. The Understudy
5. Selenelion
6. The Rope
7. Endless Night
8. Actors Tears
9. All Yesterdays Flowers

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