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Clementine Valentine - The Coin that Broke the Fountain Floor Album Release Tour

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Clementine Valentine - The Coin that Broke the Fountain Floor Album Release Tour

7:30pm, Thu 7 September, 2023
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Clementine Valentine, the Coromandel based art-pop duo formerly known as Purple Pilgrims, announce four intimate shows this September to celebrate the release of their new album, The Coin that Broke the Fountain Floor releasing August 25th via Flying Nun Records.  


Sisters Clementine and Valentine Nixon draw inspiration from their nomadic family heritage, creating music that evokes contrasting moods: ancient and modern, paradise and isolation, beauty and brokenness, ritual and the present moment.  


“Like if Weyes Blood’s Natalie Mering cloned herself and formed an art-pop duo, Clementine Valentine pace their track to perfection, tenderly entwining their graceful vocals, raising their voices to the heavens when it’s needed.” - Rolling Stone  


The Coin that Broke the Fountain Floor is a pivotal album in the creative evolution of sisters Clementine and Valentine. It finds them leaning further than ever before into collaboration, folklore, poetry, and power. Their intertwined vocals reach for loftier, more operatic heights of pop and myth, heartbreak and desire, suffused with the spirit of storytelling heroines long lost to time. The album title alludes to the tipping point extremes of recent years, coloured by dreams crushing, wishes gathering, and an abundance of hope. 



The duo recently opened for Weyes Blood in a spellbinding performance at the Powerstation.  

“From the moment they arrived, the duo immediately held the audience closely, the sisters’ voices in faultless harmony with one another. Their duality is so utterly intoxicating that it is almost impossible to look away, like sirens of the sea, the Nixon’s capture everyone’s souls with their music.” -  Ambient Light  


“If Florence + The Machine was around in the 1990s to be signed to 4AD that would be the sound palette. Reverb-drenched vocals and shimmers of guitar against shards of synth and drum-machines. Clementine Valentine is an assured duo with a powerful emotional resonance.” - Off The Tracks  


They have also toured the world extensively alongside the likes of Ariel Pink, Aldous Harding and John Maus.  It’s a lifestyle embedded in their lineage; travelling musicians and performers go back hundreds of years on their maternal side (as documented on recordings such as The Travelling Stewarts, from 1968). As children, the sisters were taught to sing traditional balladry by their grandmother, daughter of revered Traveller musician Davie Stewart (later recorded by Alan Lomax). 


Intimate audiences will be treated to music from their new album, The Coin that Broke the Fountain Floor including the captivating first single, 'Endless Night’ and most recent release  'Time and Tide.'