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Clementine & Valentine
Psychic sisterhood and wistful wanderlust are the twin energies feeding lush ceremonial dream-pop duo Clementine Valentine (formerly Purple Pilgrims). Raised itinerantly in Hong Kong and on New Zealand’s South Island, with deep backgrounds in folk music (their great-grandfather Davie Stewart was recorded by Alan Lomax), the sisters adapted by devising their own telepathic inner worlds.
To record their first full-length LP Eternal Delight, the sisters sequestered themselves in Tapu, on the western side of the Coromandel Peninsula of NZ, in a shed surrounded by native palms and birds. The isolation, stars, and river nightswimming evidently soaked into the music – all 10 tracks radiate spectral feeling and wide-eyed sensuality. The making of their newest offering Perfumed Earth saw them return to the birthplace of their debut record, where the isolationist sisters assembled a community of collaborators (both in person and remotely) to weave together the 9 track record from their forest sanctuary. The sisters are currently living in New Zealand and are working on their next record.
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