Lawrence Arabia

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Not to be confused with Lawrence of Arabia.
Lawrence Arabia
Lawrence Arabia onstage 2010.jpg
Background information
Birth name James Milne
Born Christchurch, New Zealand
Genres Indie pop
Years active 2003–present
Labels Honorary Bedouin Records
Lil' Chief Records
Bella Union
Flying Nun Records
Associated acts The Reduction Agents

Lawrence Arabia is the musical guise of New Zealand artist James Milne.[1] In 2006, Lawrence Arabia released his self-titled debut album and the debut album his band The Reduction Agents, The Dance Reduction Agents. Both albums were nominated for several bNet awards, New Zealand's public voted alternative radio awards, and Chant Darling won the inaugural Taite Music Prize in 2010.[2]

Milne has been involved in the pop group The Brunettes and toured as bass player for American band Okkervil River and toured with Feist. He has also produced music for film and theatre including songs that appeared in Taika Waititi's film Eagle vs Shark.

In August 2009, Lawrence performed with a new band called BARB on a small New Zealand tour, with a band consisting of Connan Hosford (Connan and the Mockasins), Liam Finn, Eliza Jane Barnes, Seamus Ebbs, Jol Mulholland and Wild Bill Rickets. Their album (recorded at Roundhead Studios in Auckland) was released 24 August 2010.[3]

In 2009, James won the APRA Silver Scroll Award for his song "Apple Pie Bed". In 2010, he toured with Crowded House throughout the Northern America.

In July 2012, Lawrence Arabia released his third album titled The Sparrow. The same album won a VNZMA for Best Male Solo Artist in 2013. His latest album, Absolute Truth was released by Flying Nun Records in July 2016.[4]

Solo discography[edit]

Date Title Label Catalog Number
2006 Lawrence Arabia Honorary Bedouin Records
Lil' Chief Records
HBED 002
LCR 015
2009 Chant Darling Honorary Bedouin Records HBED 002
LCR 015
2012 The Sparrow Bella Union
2016 Absolute Truth Flying Nun Records


  1. ^ Fox, Killian (10 January 2010). "Lawrence Arabia: Chant Darling". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 27 January 2010. 
  2. ^ "Taite Music Prize 2010 UK-based Lawrence Arabia's Chant Darling wins the Inaugural Taite Music Prize". Taite Music Prize 2010. IMNZ. Retrieved 25 October 2012. 
  3. ^ [1][dead link]
  4. ^ Tim Sendra (2016-07-15). "Absolute Truth - Lawrence Arabia | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-08-20. 

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