Lawrence Arabia

Lawrence Arabia

About the Artist

LAWRENCE ARABIA is the pseudonym of James Milne, born 1981 in Christchurch, NZ.

He was educated at University of Canterbury, where he graduated with a BA in Political Science. From 2002 to 2005, he was multi-instrumentalist in Auckland pop band The Brunettes. He continued to write songs during this period and struck out on his own in 2006, releasing two albums concurrently by The Reduction Agents
("The Dance Reduction Agents") and the eponymous Lawrence Arabia début. Songs and work from these albums were nominated for a number of BNet awards and the APRA Silver Scroll. During 2006 he also recorded an unreleased film soundtrack entitled "Songs For A Dead Dog" and produced an album of Christmas pop-opera by the artist Norman Angel.

At the end of 2006, Lawrence moved to London, where he began the process of recording his next album, "Chant Darling," supporting himself by working at Kiwifruits, a shop selling confectionery and souvenirs to homesick New Zealanders, and later at Blackwell's bookstore on Charing Cross Road. In 2007/8, during the continuing process of working on "Chant Darling," varying line-ups of the Lawrence Arabia band toured the UK and Europe with The Concretes, Feist, The Ruby Suns, Liam Finn and Okkervil River. During this time Lawrence also engineered early sessions for Connan Mockasin's album "Please Turn Me Into The Snat."

Over the New Zealand summer of 2008/9, "Chant Darling" was completed and released in Australia and New Zealand through Mistletone and Milne's own imprint Honorary Bedouin respectively. The album received glowing reviews and was awarded the Taite Music Prize, and "Apple Pie Bed," a song from the album, won the APRA Silver Scroll. Through 2010, Lawrence Arabia and his band The Prime Ministers have toured the UK, Europe and the USA in support of the release of the album through Bella Union. This year has also seen the release of BARB, an album made collaboratively with Liam Finn, Connan Mockasin, Eliza-Jane Barnes and Seamus Ebbs.

Lawrence is currently working on a third album with initial sessions beginning in Surrey in October 2010, engineered by Joe Gubay and Nick Abbott.



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The Sparrow

The Sparrow is Lawrence Arabia AKA James Milne's third solo album, the evocative follow-up to the Taite Music Prize/Silver Scroll winning Chant Darling.