Pink. In all its sugary candy-coloured spectrum. And lots of it. It’s the first thing you notice at the start of the visuals for “Wasting Time” – the glorious new track from Princess Chelsea. Sitting in a lace dress and bubblegum wig, surrounded by a teddy bear’s picnic, yeah, it’s a pretty twee affair. Saccharine vocals fill the ears, but it’s only until you catch the lyrics that you stop in your tracks. “You’re just walking and talking/Sitting outside, drinking coffee, waiting around to die.” Ouch.
That’s the thing about Princess Chelsea (the experimental solo project of NZ composer Chelsea Nikkel) – wrapped up in the fluffy baby whisper vocals are warnings against smoking, dating older men, loneliness.
And in her brand new track, “Wasting Time” – the second single from the upcoming album, “The Loneliest Girl” – she menacingly sings over 80s synths, ethereal choir backing and even a trombone.
“The song is slightly mean-spirited as it’s me feeling lonely and over-worked,” explains Nikkel. “I’m being judgy about seeing carefree people in the street enjoying themselves outside of work. Is it really “wasting time” to be enjoying your life? Is being a workaholic worth it if you end up “The Loneliest Girl”? I guess that’s the question my album discusses.”