Premiere: Princess Chelsea Shares Magical “Too Many People” Video

New Zealand’s Princess Chelsea, aka Chelsea Nikkel, found her way to pop royalty following her acclaimed debut Lil Golden Book along with the catchiest hit of 2011, “Cigarette Duet”. Now the future-pop singer is making a name for herself in the states with her out-of-this-world upcoming record, The Great Cybernetic Depression.

Princess Chelsea, Too Many People, Cascine

“I suppose it’s classic Princess Chelsea behavior to sing about adult stuff in a childlike manner.”

Chelsea curated her sound from a classical music background and the sounds of her ‘80s childhood – worshiping pop queens like Madonna, Kate Bush, Cyndi Lauper & Lucinda Williams. “My music is influenced by classical piano style, which is what I was trained in growing up, but is also cloaked in fantasy via a need for escapism,” said Chelsea. Nothing is off limits in Chelsea’s world, even gathering bits of pop culture inspiration from, “Judas Priest’s ‘Painkiller’ to Fleetwood Mac’s Tango in The Night album.”

After four years, the wait is finally over; Princess Chelsea returns this summer with a stunning, all the while very melancholy, new record. It’s this juxtaposition that is truly at the core of Princess Chelsea’s unique sound. “I suppose it’s classic Princess Chelsea behavior to sing about adult stuff in a childlike manner. I do this on purpose so the subject material has more effect on the listener,” Chelsea said. The Great Cybernetic Depression is the kind of record that grabs your attention, understands your complexities and appeals to your love of a damn good pop song.

Princess Chelsea, Too Many People, Cascine

“[Too Many People] is four and a half minutes of cynicism essentially delivered over magical sort of happy music.”

Princess Chelsea, Too Many People, Cascine

And “Too Many People” is just the beginning. Chelsea describes the video for her first new single as, “four and a half minutes of cynicism essentially delivered over magical sort of happy music that could be from a b-grade ’80s fantasy film or something.” “Too Many People” was filmed by Simon Ward who perfects the ‘DIY retro-futurism’ aesthetic that is incredibly suiting for Princess Chelsea. The video is both simplistic and utterly dreamy, showcasing Chelsea as her ‘most regular self’. Watch our exclusive premiere of Princess Chelsea’s “Too Many People”.


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