[ Soundway / LP ]
Release Date: Friday 18 June 2021
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Serving up euphoric disco hooks, to classic house choruses and forays into Latin funk, Balearic and psychedelia - New Zealand collective Flamingo Pier deliver their debut album.
In 2019 and 2020 they released two widely lauded EPs on Soundway Records, garnering support from Maribou State, Tim Sweeney, BBC 6 Music DJs, The Blessed Madonna, and JD Twitch to name a few. But like many artists in the last 12 months, the group had to navigate the unfamiliar territory of intermittent lockdowns to write and record an album in multiple locations across New Zealand, including the famed Roundhead Studios. While the country has been comparatively safe during the pandemic, the strict measures still impacted the local scene's ability to collaborate, hold performances, or host touring artists.
The silver lining of this however, was that this was the first time that members Dominic, Brad and Luke were able to create the record in person together instead of collaborating over the internet - because usually at least one of them has been travelling overseas.
The group centred the album around the power of shared joy, after what has been a very difficult year for many people. "By being a source of joy for others, you amplify that joy for both yourself and those around you, rather than losing anything", says Luke.
The self-titled album draws from the band's wide-ranging taste, as well as what they've been playing in order to keep spirits up. Channelling classic emotive house, to disco, Afro and jazz funk on their debut album, Flamingo Pier cite a wide range of musical influences such as Khruangbin, Roisin Murphy, Peven Everett, house legends Masters at Work and Brazilian artist Tim Maia. This translates into an uplifting but nostalgic current running throughout the album - reflecting on last chances, soul-searching and longing for the carefree days of the dance floor.
A2. Last Call
B1. Lost But I'm Leading
B2. Make You Wonder
B3. Cosmic Sunset
B4. Deeper Soul