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Princess Chelsea Announces 'The Loneliest Girl' National Tour

Princess Chelsea Announces 'The Loneliest Girl' National Tour

Thursday 2nd August, 2018 8:00AM

Auckland-based internet pop star Princess Chelsea has announced a rare New Zealand tour this October and November, to celebrate the release of her upcoming third studio album The Loneliest Girl. The solo project of Chelsea Nikkel (Hang Loose, Teen Wolf), the sparkling arrangements of Princess Chelsea's irresistibly catchy songs belie the uncomfortable truths lurking within, as heard on her current radio hit 'I Love My Boyfriend'. The singer and producer initially found worldwide fame with the online success of her video for 'Cigarette Duet' (over 40 million views on YouTube and climbing) from her debut album Lil' Golden Book. That record was followed by a raft of exceptionally stylish clips, a second studio album The Great Cybernetic Depression, a covers collection Aftertouch, and collaborative songs with Lil' Chief Records label-mate Jonathan Bree.

This will be Princess Chelsea's first national tour in three years, hot on the heels of her extensive 'Planet Earth' tour of the UK, Europe and South Korea. “I’ve got some new band members, which is pretty cool,” she says "and we have spent the last three months tightening our live set before touring the album..."

Undertheradar proudly presents...

Princess Chelsea - The Loneliest Girl New Zealand album tour

Friday 26th October - Hollywood Avondale, Auckland
Saturday 27th October - Sawmill Café, Leigh
Saturday 10th November - San Fran, Wellington
Saturday 17th November - Blue Smoke, Christchurch

Tickets available HERE via UTR

Watch the video for Princess Chelsea's latest single 'I Love My Boyfriend'...

Check out her superb cover of Disasteradio's cyber-ballad 'Aftertouch'...

Press release:

The Loneliest Girl was recorded by Chelsea between 2016 and 2017 in her home studio in West Auckland, New Zealand with production assistance from label-mate Jonathan Bree. Chelsea’s trademark arrangements featuring classic 80s Synths (Yamaha DX7, Roland D-50), ambient guitars, and orchestral instruments are all here but are presented in a more refined and simple manner than on her previous releases.

The album examines the loneliness and ultimately the artistic satisfaction a strong work ethic can bring, the result of which is this eclectic collection of pop songs. As a studio based artist Chelsea was conscious of not wanting to fall too deep into a production hole for her third album and wanted to more than ever before capture moments of inspiration, madness and spontaneity on record.

A classically trained pianist, Nikkel lent her talents to self-professed "circus punk" act Teen Wolf in the mid-2000s, and later in the touring lineup of indie pop outfit the Brunettes. When she wasn't performing, she worked as a composer for a local recording studio, all the while refining her songwriting and production skills. Her full-length debut as Princess Chelsea, Lil' Golden Book, was released in late 2011 by New Zealand label Lil' Chief, and included the viral YouTube hit "Cigarette Duet" (nearly 41 million views and counting). The album was a collection of songs about her youth presented with innocent melodies and baroque arrangements to create a musical fairy tale. The juxtaposition of her simple arrangements, childlike delivery and cynical wit is a signifiant and defining characteristic of her music.

She followed up with a synth-heavy sci-fi opera about a future world rendered helpless in the face of depression brought on by technology, The Great Cybernetic Depression was released by Lil' Chief and Flying Nun in June 2015. She also released a surprise album of covers called Aftertouch, featuring covers by Nirvana, The Beatles, Interpol, Lucinda Williams and Marianne Faithfull.

Stylistically The Loneliest Girl moves away the more uniform synth sounds of The Great Cybernetic Depression to more eclectic territory similar to her first release Lil’ Golden Book and certainly sounds like a record made by a lover of pop music across all genres from 60s girl groups to 80s power ballads, and late 80s acid house to 90s pop. Like her earlier work, adult issues are presented in a humorous and sometimes childlike manner, and this juxtaposition rather than softening the blow makes jarring social commentary hit harder.


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Princess Chelsea - The Loneliest Girl Tour
Fri 26th Oct 8:00pm
Hollywood Cinema, Auckland
Princess Chelsea - The Loneliest Girl Tour
Sat 27th Oct 6:30pm
Leigh Sawmill, Auckland
Princess Chelsea - The Loneliest Girl Tour
Sat 10th Nov 8:00pm
San Fran, Wellington
Princess Chelsea - The Loneliest Girl Tour - Cancelled
Sat 17th Nov 7:00pm
Cassels Blue Smoke, Christchurch