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Princess Chelsea Announces New Album + Tour

Princess Chelsea Announces New Album + Tour

Tuesday 31st March, 2015 12:30PM

Princess Chelsea has announced the forthcoming release of her second album, The Great Cybernetic Depression. The highly-anticipated record follows her 2011 debut offering Lil Golden Book and will be coming out on 1st May via Flying Nun and Lil' Chief. To mark the album's release, Chelsea is undertaking a five-date tour around the country and coming along for the ride will be the "three Js" - Jackson Hobbs, Jonathan Pearce, Jonathan Bree - who will be performing alongside Chelsea as she works through new material as well as some old favourites. Here are the details for the upcoming shows...

Princess Chelsea

Wednesday 29th April, Chicks Hotel, Dunedin
Thursday 30th April, The Sherwood, Queenstown (no presales)
Friday 1st May, Darkroom, Christchurch (no presales, free entry)
Saturday 2nd May, Moon, Wellington
Sunday 3rd May, Kings Arms, Auckland

Tickets to the Dunedin, Wellington and Auckland shows available HERE at UTR

Watch the incredible video for lead single 'No Church On Sunday'...



Released 1st May 2015
Flying Nun/Lil' Chief
Rising New Zealand musician PRINCESS CHELSEA (a.k.a. Chelsea Nikkel) is proud to announce her brand new album The Great Cybernetic Depression, which will be released in New Zealand via Flying Nun/Lil' Chief on May 1st 2015.

To celebrate the album release Princess Chelsea will be taking her band - comprised of the "three Js", all sound-men and multi-instrumentalist extraordinaires; Jackson Hobbs, Jonathan Pearce, Jonathan Bree - on the road in April and May:

DUNEDIN - Wednesday 29th April - Chicks Hotel
QUEENSTOWN - Thursday 30th April - The Sherwood *no presales
CHRISTCHURCH - Friday 1st May - Darkroom *no presales FREE
WELLINGTON - Saturday 2nd May – Moon
AUCKLAND - Sunday 3rd May - Kings Arms – Sunday

Come catch Chelsea and band play a rare performance made up of brand new material and some old favourites - grab one of those few remaining black metal winston tees (the most hotly anticipated tee since gaywires dinosaur tee of the early 2000s).

Tickets onsale now from

Princess Chelsea and her band will then return to Europe and The United States in May for a three month tour. Keep an eye on the full list of dates on her website.

The Great Cybernetic Depression is awash with lush, expansive electronica sounds, lent added nuance by a darkly baroque flair, which draws upon her classical training. A significant space obsession is blended with wry, personal and sometimes mundane lyrics, creating a playful narrative on modern life delivered with deadpan drama.

Building upon the success of her debut album Lil Golden Book (2011), which spawned the hit “Cigarette Duet” (which has racked up nearly twenty million hits on Youtube), the new record is a sparkling, glittering epic, weaving layers of synths upon synths to create a magical universe. Influenced by 70s electronic music such as Kraftwerk, her style was described by Gorilla vs Bear as being “retrofuturistic”. Part of the inspiration behind it was to try to recreate the magic of childhood sci-fi moves like Neverending Story.

“No Church on Sunday”, the first single from the new album is an ambient stadium rock number with added fairy dust, it was written by a friend of hers Jamie-lee and deals with weird feelings after leaving a strict religious background. 'No Church On Sunday' was a radio hit in New Zealand, reaching #1 on bFM, RDU and Radio One and topping the Alt Radioscope charts for over a month.


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Wed 29th Apr
Chicks Hotel , Port Chalmers
Thu 30th Apr
Sherwood, Queenstown
Fri 1st May
darkroom, Christchurch
Sat 2nd May
MOON, Wellington
Sun 3rd May
Kings Arms Tavern, Auckland

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