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The Phoenix Foundation

Friend Ship

Memphis Industries

Released: 16th October 2020

LP - Dinked Edition + 2 flexies£25.99Out of Stock
Lp - Indies Only Pink Vinyl£18.99 Pre-Order Dispatched on or before Friday 16th October 2020


Dinked Exclusive Turquoise Vinyl *
Alternate Screen-printed Edition, artwork by Raissa Pardini *
Includes exclusive 2 bonus flexidiscs *
Numbered Edition *
limited to 500 *

The Phoenix Foundation have lived many lives.
From high school distortion addicts to indie folk
trippers to masters of motorik dream pop. It’s
been five years since their last album, Give Up
Your Dreams, but that downtime has been well
spent. The New Zealand outfit have been
writing, recording, touring with a Symphony
Orchestra, creating the acclaimed soundtrack
for Taika Waititi's Hunt For The Wilderpeople,
building shrines to light, creating scores for VR,
producing other bands and, that most
lockdown-friendly activity, baking sourdough.
Slowly, when they could, the six old friends
found time to work together in studios, garages,
forests, and sheds to put together the concise
ten song set of that is Friend Ship. “We took
such a long break after Give Up Your Dreams
that when we did decide to make a new record
we all felt it needed to be in some esoteric
sense different,” says co-lead singer Samuel
Flynn Scott. “To me that meant returning to
something more focused. Honing in on the
songs before we went deep into the
arrangements and freaky sounds.” And the
results reflect this approach too. Whilst Friend
Ship, as you would expect, weaves seamlessly
between dreamy introspective pop, stretched
out grooves and psychedelic rock, it also exists
as a collection of masterfully crafted songs.
Friend Ship features vocals from Nadia Reid,
Tiny Ruins’ Hollie Fullbrook and Anita Clark aka
Motte plus sumptuous string arrangements
performed by the New Zealand Symphony

Orchestra.