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I Love My Boyfriend Sings Princess Chelsea

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I Love My Boyfriend. Directed by Chelsea Nikkel.

NZ synth pop artist Princess Chelsea (aka Chelsea Nikkel) is back with a new single I Love My Boyfriend from fourth album The Loneliest Girl, due for release via Lil' Chief Records on 7 September.

30707879 10157349844478146 1128922094940192768 nI Love My Boyfriend sounds like a garage rock trio who just discovered the Mellotron and discusses the situation of feeling attracted to somebody else when you're in a monogamous relationship. It's sung in a cheesy girly sort of way inspired by all those 60s pop songs with the word 'boyfriend' in the chorus, but the lyrics are pretty cynical. The music emulates this contrast of sweet and sour with pretty harps and harpsichords set against a dirtier garage rock arrangement. Chelsea shot the psychedelic video at her home in front of a green screen and cloned herself to create a band.

New album The Loneliest Girl was recorded by Chelsea between 2016 and 2017 in her home studio in West Auckland, New Zealand with production assistance from labelmate 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.

Stylistically, The Loneliest Girl moves away the more uniform synth sounds of Chelsea's earlier album The Great Cybernetic Depression (2015) to more eclectic territory similar to her first release Lil’ Golden Book (2011) 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.

 

Princess Chelsea - The Loneliest Girl

1. The Deer With The Golden Lights
2. Good Enough
3. The Pretty Ones
4. I Love My Boyfriend
5. Wasting Time
6. The Loneliest Girl
7. I Miss My Man
8. It's Nothing
9. Respect The Labourers
10. Cigarette
11. Growing Older
12. All I Need To Do

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Released: 22 Jun 2018

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