Lawrence Arabia onstage 2010
|Birth name||James Milne|
|Born||Christchurch, New Zealand|
|Labels||Honorary Bedouin Records|
Lil' Chief Records
Flying Nun Records
|Associated acts||The Reduction Agents, Liam Finn, Connan Mockasin, Okkervil River, The Phoenix Foundation, The Brunettes|
Lawrence Arabia is the musical guise of New Zealand artist and composer James Milne.
In 2006, Lawrence Arabia released his self-titled debut album and the debut album from 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.
In 2009 he released his sophomore solo album Chant Darling, recorded between London and Sweden, which resulted in an APRA Silver Scroll Award for the song "Apple Pie Bed" (with co-writer, The Phoenix Foundation's Lukasz Buda). In 2010 Chant Darling was awarded the inaugural Taite Music Prize.
In August 2009, Lawrence performed with a new band called BARB on a New Zealand tour, with a band consisting of Connan Mockasin, Liam Finn, Eliza Jane Barnes, Seamus Ebbs, Jol Mulholland and Wild Bill Rickets. Their album (recorded at Roundhead Studios in Auckland) was released 10 August 2010.
In October 2011 he released another collaborative album with Mike Fabulous (The Black Seeds, Lord Echo), Unlimited Buffet, with Fabulous composing the instrumentals and Milne the vocal melodies and lyrics.
His latest album, Absolute Truth, was recorded with Mike Fabulous in the Hutt Valley, Wellington  and was released by Flying Nun Records in July 2016. It was nominated for Best Alternative Album and Best Male Solo artist at the 2016 VNZMAs and won Best Alternative Album. The artwork by Anns Taylor won a 2016 VNZMA for best album cover.
He has toured extensively throughout Australia, North America and Europe, including shows with Feist, Beach House, and Crowded House.
Milne has been a member of the pop group The Brunettes and has toured as bass player for American band Okkervil River. He has also produced music for film and theatre including songs that appeared in Taika Waititi's film Eagle vs Shark.
|2006||Lawrence Arabia||Honorary Bedouin Records
Lil' Chief Records
|2009||Chant Darling||Honorary Bedouin Records||HBED 002|
|2012||The Sparrow||Bella Union|
|2016||Absolute Truth||Flying Nun Records|
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