Critically acclaimed in his homeland New Zealand and following up from his lauded first single which premiered on Stereogum in January, Andrew Keoghan is releasing via Earmilk a second video single Queues At Dani Keys; a gender-bending nod to the ‘new romantic’ videos of the eighties.
Directed by New Zealand’s Puck Murphy, the country’s hottest VFX video director, the Queues At Dani Keys clip is a quantum fashion piece; a multi-dimensional nightclub, where one’s alter ego seduces its’ other facade, in a wry commentary on vanity, reinvention and the perils of big city ambition.
The song will feature on Keoghan’s first U.S-released L.P Every Orchid Offering, due out July 29 and like the rest of the album, demonstrates a percussion-heavy approach. It features New York’s Brazilian percussionist Marivaldo Dos Santos, who as well as being a STOMP cast member, has worked with Sting, The Fugees and Lauryn Hill.
Predominantly written during a two-month period of isolation on a stormy, black sand beach in Keoghan’s homeland, the album is a collection of 10 songs that seek to make sense of a peripatetic existence between New Zealand and New York, where Keoghan relocated in 2013. It’s a series of personal vignettes about transience, sexuality, conceived gender roles, commitment, lust and modern reincarnation, combining a pop sensibility with contemporary R&B, electronic and orchestral elements.
The album features duets with Hollie Fullbrook (Tiny Ruins) and Chelsea Nikkel (Princess Chelsea), along with contributions from some of Keoghan’s other New Zealand cohorts from The Ruby Suns, Phoenix Foundation and Lawrence Arabia.
Keoghan will perform a series of east and west coast dates in August in support of the album release.