Songs 1-12: Original Album "Normal the normal normal"
Songs 13-28:Original Album "Not quite as good"
released June 1, 2008
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Vorn- What not to do.. (2008)
Vorn- What not to do.. (2008) cover art
Learning how to lie 00:00 / 02:27
Immediate download of 28-track album in the high-quality format of your choice (MP3, FLAC, and more), plus unlimited mobile access using the free Bandcamp listening app.
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Includes immediate download of 28-track album in the high-quality format of your choice (MP3, FLAC, and more), plus unlimited mobile access using the free Bandcamp listening app.
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Learning how to lie 02:27
Smegmatic for the people 02:54
Something like this 03:19
Character Assassination Epic 03:12
Bus Stop 04:41
I had a dream last night 01:07
You least of all 03:36
Whole lot/20 Questions/Always alone 03:51
6 feet hi 02:46
No stars 03:44
Flaming pocket tiger 03:19
Thinking Cap 04:12
Mouth Shut 03:16
Now you 04:55
Bad things 03:40
Wait up 03:15
Natural Glow 01:24
The Man who slept for twenty years 04:26
How can you get everything so wrong 03:34
Tiny Miracles 03:53
Before you 00:40
After you 02:19
Belle & Sebastian 02:53
Million Miles 04:14
Track 1-12: "Normal the Normal Normal" (1999)
Track 13-28: "Not quite as good" (2001)
Vorn was born in Tauranga, of stock, in 1977, and raised by assorted farm animals in Taranaki. After a false start in twentieth-century fashion as a drooling, mulleted bogan playing in assorted New Plymouth-based sludgepunk bands, Vorn made his reputation as a drooling, long-haired bogan playing in Hamilton indie legends The Living Room.
The collapse of The Living Room saw Vorn at somewhat of a musical loose end. Undeterred, he borrowed a four-track from local indie giants The Dead Pan Rangers and recorded his debut Normal the Normal Normal in his lounge in two weeks of sweaty, semi-employed idiocy. Normal's record-breakingly tiny album sales didn't prevent it impressing the pants off all who heard it - in a New Zealand Musician Magazine review Chris Knox averred "... a great grinding grandpappy of an album it is too. . . returns self-indulgence to its rightful place at the top of the desirable qualities list".
Fast forward two years and Vorn, after a stint living from busking and sleeping in a tent, on his friends' floors, and a in hole under the stairs in an Aro Valley flat, is lying in a pokey one-man apartment atop an English school in a South Korean winter. Huddled on the heated floor in an attempt to avoid terminal hypothermia, Vorn is putting the finishing touches on Not Quite as Good, his second album. Recorded mostly with an acoustic guitar, a nasty purple bass, and a ten-dollar Korean keyboard, NQAG is more no-fi than lo-fi, a no-expense-spent oddysey into that Daniel Johnston world where no amount of tape-hiss and pedal-buzz can kill a great song. "Vorn has made a mountain out of his molehill", enthused New Zealand Musician Magazine, "despite the flakey quality, beautiful passages, poignant lyrics and layered detail emerge miraculously through the gloop." Indeed.