Princess Chelsea

Princess Chelsea

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Princess Chelsea is a recording artist from New Zealand. Her first album 'Lil' Golden Book' was released on Lil' Chief Records (www.lilchiefrecords.com) in 2011. Her music sounds like "the soundtrack to an old Disney movie meets Kraftwerk /Enya in a 60s production of Les Mis set in space".

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Biography

Princess Chelsea is the moniker of New Zealand composer, Chelsea Nikkel. Nikkel studied classical piano throughout her childhood and teenage years as well as dabbling in drums, guitar and clarinet. While at high school she discovered her love of composition, writing and recording her first song “Monkey Eats Bananas”.

After leaving high school, Nikkel formed "circus punk" act Teen Wolf with Brad Fafejta (creator of Princess Chelsea's album art). Teen Wolf were a three piece that combined Nikkel's classically driven keyboard lines with the raw energy of garage punk. While only ever kept a New Zealand secret, Teen Wolf were a band famed for their charismatic and energetic live performances coupled with a somewhat confusing chemistry between it’s members. A typical live performance would inevitably involve blood curdling screams, beer spillage, heavily distorted bass guitar, swearing, tribal drumming, and a lot of arpeggios.

Nikkel went on to spend the better part of her twenties developing her recording and production skills while also touring as a member of Sub Pop darlings The Brunettes. The results of these experiences is the debut Princess Chelsea album Lil' Golden Book, a triumph of high concept production.

Lil' Golden Book is a collection of stories about growing up in modern New Zealand. It is presented to us a musical fairy-tale right down to its cover art and 15-page booklet. In it, Nikkel presents herself as the central character "Princess Chelsea". Using this character, she examines herself and her peers, and delivers cutting messages in a removed and at times theatrical style.

The juxtaposition of Princess Chelsea's wry lyricism with her pretty and cinematic compositions make for an intriguing listen and are in keeping with a woman who has been described as both "impossibly cute" and "kind of a brat."

Princess Chelsea has spent the better part of a year rehearsing up a live set to transform these bedroom symphonies into an exciting live set. Her four-piece band incorporates drums, guitar, bass, and of course no less than four keyboards, two glockenspiels, and one whirly.

Experience the magic, soon!

Lyrics

The Cigarette Duet

Written By: Princess Chelsa

It's just a cigarette and it cannot be that bad
Honey don't you love me and you know it makes me sad?
It's just a cigarette like you always used to do
I was different then I don't need them to be cool

It's just a cigarette and it harms your pretty lungs
Well it's only twice a week so there's not much of a chance
It's just a cigarette it will soon be only ten
Honey can't you trust me when I want to stop I can

It's just a cigarette and it's just a malboro light
Maybe but is it worth it if we fight?
It's just a cigarette that I got from Jamie-Lee
Well she's gonna get a smack and I'm gonna give you three

It's just a cigarette and I only did it once
It's only twice a week so there's not much of a chance
It's just a cigarette and I'm sorry that I did it
Honey don't you love me me when I want to stop I can

The Cigarette Duet

Written By: Princess Chelsea

It's just a cigarette and it cannot be that bad
Honey don't you love me and you know it makes me sad?
It's just a cigarette like you always used to do
I was different then I don't need them to be cool

It's just a cigarette and it harms your pretty lungs
Well it's only twice a week so there's not much of a chance
It's just a cigarette it will soon be only ten
Honey can't you trust me when I want to stop I can

It's just a cigarette and it's just a malboro light
Maybe but is it worth it if we fight?
It's just a cigarette that I got from Jamie-Lee
Well she's gonna get a smack and I'm gonna give you three

It's just a cigarette and I only did it once
It's only twice a week so there's not much of a chance
It's just a cigarette and I'm sorry that I did it
Honey don't you love me me when I want to stop I can

Discography

Lil' Golden Book - 2011 Album (Lil' Chief Records 0030)

Set List

Machines of Loving Grace
Your Woman
Positive Guy Meets Negative Man
Frack
Yulia
The Cigarette Duet
Too Fast To Live
Ice Reign
Overseas
(And I Love Her / Goodnight Little Robot Child)