New Video: Kiwi Sibling Duo Purple Pilgrims Release a Feverish and Haunting Visual for “Sensing Me”

Purple Pilgrims is a New Zealand sibling duo, comprised of Valentine and Clementine Nixon. The sibling duo tracked their full-length debut 2016’s Eternal Delight in the wilds of Tapu, New Zealand. Interestingly, the duo’s sophomore album, Perfumed Earth, which was released earlier this year through acclaimed indie label Flying Nun Records found the duo returning to the same wooded sanctuary in Tapu, but according to the duo in a  calmer, more contemplative headspace. “Internal white noise subsided and we really started to appreciate the peace of our environment,” the duo says of the recording process of an album that they’ve described as “kind of like a rebirth.”

Perfumed Earth found the Nixon Sisters fashioning what they’ve dubbed “a very modern/mobile band” that combined local recordings with inspired long-distance overdubs from a vaster cast of collaborators that included their frequent collaborator Gary War, who contributed bass and synths from hotel rooms while he was touring America with John Maus; Jimmy Mac, Lorde’s keyboardist, contributed drums; Joshua Kennedy, former Surf City guitarist contributed guitar work; improvisational experimentalist Jeff Henderson contributed saxophone on “Delphiniums In Harmony / Two Worlds Away”; and Roy Montgomery contributed expressionistic guitar work on “Ruinous Splendour.” The material was then mixed by Thomas Healy, utilizing his sizable collection of vintage tape machines to create an overall sound that’s spacious and sensual, swooning and spellbound while being a major sonic step forward for the Kiwi sibling duo.

Perfumed Earth‘s latest single is the atmospheric  “Sensing Me.” Centered around twinkling keys and synths, shimmering and reverb-drenched guitars, subtly twinkling keys and simple yet dramatic percussion the song is spacious enough for the Nixon Sisters gorgeous harmonies, which manage to mesmerize, seduce and soar through the arrangement — while expressing an aching yearning and longing.

Directed by W.A.M. Bleakley, the recently released video for “Sensing Me” was shot on 16mm Kodak film, and the end result is a moody yet gorgeous fever dream featuring the Nixon Sisters. “’Sensing Me’ is a Love Magic incantation and telepathic ritual,” the Kiwi sibling duo say of the song and its accompanying video. “Through hyperbolic emotional shorthand we regard the grey area between love and obsession, fantasy and reality. A claustrophobic dream of elation, desperation, regret and double meanings. The video was directed by the wonderful W.A.M Bleakley and shot on 16mm Kodak film. The characters become more and more disarrayed as internal clashes overwhelm them – becoming divided within and against themselves, and ultimately disembodied. When psychological boarders on supernatural – both tongue-in-cheek and deadly serious all at the same time.”

Purple Pilgrims will be playing a three week Union Pool residency before embarking on a lengthy UK and European tour to start off 2020. Check out the tour dates below,

Tour Dates

11/5 – Brooklyn, NY @ Union Pool Residency w/ L’Rain, Deradoorian
and C. Spencer Yeh
11/12 – Brooklyn, NY @ Union Pool Residency w/ Fatan Kanaan and C Lavender
11/19 – Brooklyn, NY @ Union Pool Residency w/ Brooks Ginnan, Constant Smiles and Yek Koo

EU / UK 2020
14/1 – London, UK @ Shacklewell Arms
15/1 – Bristol, UK @ The Crofter’s Rights
16/1 – Glasgow, UK @ Broadcast
17/1 – Aberdeen UK @ Tunnels 1
18/1 – Edinburgh,, UK @ Henry’s Cellar Bar
19/1 – Manchester, UK @ YES Basement
20/1 – Coventry, UK @ The Tin at the Coal Vaults
22/1 – Antwerp, BE @ Het Bos
23/1 – Den Bosch, NL @ Willem Twee
24/1 – Leeuwarden, NL @ Podium Asteriks
25/1 – Odense, DK @ PåTaget
27/1 – Copenhagen, DK @ Støberiet
28/1 – Göteborg, SWE @ Koloni
29/1 – Nässjö, SWE @ Sörängen
30/1 – Helsingborg, SWE @ Favela
31/1 – Aalborg, DK @ Northern Winter Beats Festival
1/2 – Fredericia, DK @ Tøjhuset
2/2 – Berlin, DE @ West Germany
3/2 – Köln, DE @ Tsunami Club
4/2 – Bruxelles, BE @ Botanique
5/2 – Paris, FR @ L’International
6/2 – Lille, FR @ La Bulle Cafe
7/2 – Ramsgate, UK @ Ramsgate Music Hall
8/2 – Chelmsford, UK @ Hotbox