[ Flying Nun / LP ]
Release Date: Friday 31 March 2023
Ideal Home Noise is a record unearthed from much introspection and an attempt to find some comedy and lightness in an otherwise dark period for Vera Ellen. With two "voices" battling throughout the album, the instrumentation is sometimes light - featuring synths and electronic drums - and sometimes heavy - with ballad-like piano and raw vocals.
After the critical success of her 2021 album, It's Your Birthday - which earned the artist both the 'Best Alternative Artist' award at the 2022 AMA's as well as a 2022 Taite Award nomination - Vera's momentum is unstoppable with her new 13 track album raring to go. "If It's Your Birthday was about relationships and love and strife between myself and others; then Ideal Home Noise is about love and strife between myself and myself." , says Vera Ellen.
The record was tracked at Wellington studio, The Surgery, with the talented multi-instrumentalist Ben Lemi (of Trinity Roots, French For Rabbits and Dawn Diver fame) on production and engineering duties. "Ben helped bring the record to life from my initial demos in a very organic way" continues Ellen.