Vera Ellen- Carpenter: 13th Floor New Song Of The Day

Vera Ellen announces new album, Ideal Home Noise, and shares single/video for Carpenter + NZ Tour Dates Announced.

Here’s what the fine folks a Flying Nun have to tell us about it:

Vera EllenRecently named ‘Best Alternative Artist’ at the 2022 Aotearoa Music Awards, Wellington-based songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Vera Ellen has announced her upcoming album, Ideal Home Noise, which is out digitally and on both red or black vinyl and CD on Friday March 31st, 2023 via Flying Nun Records.

Purchase/Pre-save Ideal Home Noise here.

Alongside the new album announcement, Vera has shared the first single from the album, ‘Carpenter’ with a Sports Team directed video, purchase/stream/watch ‘Carpenter’ here.

Plus, Vera Ellen and her band will take to the road on album release for a four-date tour of Aotearoa, playing headline shows in Dunedin, Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland. Tickets onsale now from Banished Music.

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.

Alongside the new album announcement, Vera has shared the first single from the album, ‘Carpenter’. Of the new single, Vera has said “We are all quietly fighting our own battles. There is a feeling I get about having to fight them alone, keeping them close to my chest in shame. But I think we really all need to learn how to lean on each other. We would be more compassionate people, if we had the slightest window into someone else’s experience; their pain, their fear, their life. Carpenter is inspired by that. It’s a desperate cry, but there’s a triumph in being able to ask for help.”

The ‘Carpenter’ music video is the first in a series of three; and introduces Vera Ellen in a vampiric youth-sucking role. All three videos in this series will be directed and produced by prolific film-makers, Sports Team.

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Says Sports Team, “It’s been a total dream working with Vera Ellen and band on the visuals for their new music. Sports Team are massive Vera Ellen fans (I was the person crying tears of joy when they opened for Marlon Williams at The Civic last month) and have been hankering to do a music video series for an artist for ages. Please enjoy our ode to Near Dark (1987) in the clip for ‘Carpenter’ – we hope it leaves you confused enough to want to see what happens next, but not so confused that you feel like you’ve just watched Tenet (2020) for the first time.”

Also featured on the upcoming album, is the recently released ‘Homewrecker’ single – which was named one of Radio New Zealand’s Best Singles of 2022. The video for ‘Homewrecker’ sees Vera cheerfully crooning amongst a cast of gorgeous models, despite the bleak and introspective undertones of the song’s lyrics.

On the name of the upcoming album, Ideal Home Noise, Vera explains that she came across the phrase in a book, while house-sitting a Malibu property formerly occupied by The Beach Boys. Since then, the words have been recycled through various notebooks and phone apps, somehow remaining in the artist’s subconscious all these years later.

In a very personal statement about Ideal Home Noise, Vera Ellen has summarised “My songs have been my friends, my lovers, my enemies. I have been their biggest critic and fan and they have been mine. And as for this album, you will hear my pain up close, but you can take comfort knowing I wouldn’t trade it for the world. So here we go, to another album. One of many more (I hope).”

Ideal Home Noise is out digitally and on both red or black vinyl and CD on Friday March 31st, 2023 via Flying Nun Records. Purchase/Presave here.

Vera Ellen Ideal Home Noise NZ Tour 
Tickets onsale now from Ticket Fairy


“Totally in-keeping with her label Flying Nun’s 

famous output” Loud & Quiet Magazine

“Glorious pop hooks meeting rumpled delivery and 

distinctly New Zealand vowel shapes.”  Radio New Zealand

“Vera Ellen continues to leave my jaw dropped with her delicate balance 

between the bleak and the beautiful” Annabel Kean, Undertheradar

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