Clementine Valentine

aka Purple Pilgrims


New Zealand sister duo Clementine and Valentine Nixon, formerly known as Purple Pilgrims, have made an art out of using ancient mythology and folk songs as the foundation for an increasingly ornate cycle of critically lauded albums.

From their noisy, lo-fi roots in early 2010s Christchurch, the sisters toured their way through New Zealand, Hong Kong, Europe, the US, and Australia while gradually refining their sound into the high-gloss art-pop of their third album, The Coin That Broke The Fountain Floor. In that time, they’ve shared stages with Ensemble Economique, Weyes Blood, and Aldous Harding, amassing a cult fanbase along the way. 

Purple Pilgrims - Perfurmed Earth (Flying Nun, 2019)
Clementine Valentine: Clementine and Valentine Nixon.
Clementine Valentine - Endless Night (2023)
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Clementine Valentine in 2023 (L-R): Clementine Nixon, Valentine Nixon.
Photo credit: Katya Brook
The Coin That Broke The Fountain Floor - Clementine Valentine (2023). Art by Andrew McLeod.
Clementine Valentine - Time and Tide (2023)
Purple Pilgrims - Delphiniums In Harmony/Two Worlds Away (2019)
Purple Pilgrims - Two Worlds Apart (2019)
Purple Pilgrims in 2014. Clementine Nixon, left, and Valentine Nixon.
Photo credit: Publicity photo
Clementine Valentine - Selenelion (2023)
Clementine Valentine - The Rope (2023)
Clementine Valentine - The Coin That Broke The Fountain Floor, side A label (2023)
Purple Pilgrims, 2017
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Purple Pilgrims - Sensing Me (2019)
Purple Pilgrims - Love in Lunacy (Saturn Return) (2019)
Gary War / Purple Pilgrims - Split (Upset! The Rhythms, 2013)
Headquarters: Purple Pilgrims perform 'Thru Evry Cell' for Radio NZ Music, at their Tapu home (2016)
Purple Pilgrims, 2016 (L-R): Valentine Nixon, Clementine Nixon.
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Purple Pilgrims, 2016 (L-R): Valentine Nixon, Clementine Nixon.
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Purple Pilgrims (PseudoArcana, 2011)
Purple Pilgrims, 2017: Valentine Nixon, left, and Clementine Nixon.
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Purple Pilgrims - Eternal Delight (Not Not Fun Records, 2016)
Purple Pilgrims - Ancestors Watching (2021)
Valentine and Clementine Nixon in 2023. 
Photo credit: Katya Brook
Purple Pilgrims, 2017
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Gary War and Purple Pilgrims
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