Publicerad: 2017-02-14
Text: Playground ©

ALDOUS HARDING släpper ny singel

4AD welcomes Aldous Harding, a remarkable talent from New Zealand. Today, she presents a powerful opening statement with a new song ‘Horizon’ and startling companion video.

Aldous Harding’s music is not for the faint of heart. Disarming in its desolate imagery and stark instrumentation, her songs draw from the core facets of life: death, birth, grief and love. There are few happy endings, but the power is in how Harding enters into battle; with a dancer’s grace and a boxer’s stance.

Harding initially ignited interest with her eponymous debut album released just two years ago. With echoes of folk luminary Linda Perhacs, Harding’s work is one step removed from the modern world, lying in the more savage and dramatic terrain where Kate Bush and Scott Walker reside, wrought with a wry wit and tenacious gall.

For her 4AD debut, Aldous – real name Hannah – Harding has been working with award-winning producer John Parish (PJ Harvey, Sparklehorse), and ‘Horizon’ offers an enticing preview of that collaboration. Hardin wraps her effortless voice around a simple three-chord skeleton with poise and, at times, near violent intensity. The confrontational accompanying video, directed by Charlotte Evans, and produced by Evie Mackay, features Harding’s own mother performing a transfixing blend of Aikido and physical theatre in the New Zealand hinterland.

‘Horizon’ [official video] -

Having recently opened for labelmates Deerhunter, Aldous Harding will bring her extraordinary live show to the UK later this year.

May 20 – PARIS, L’Olympic Café
May 21 – BRUSSELS, Huis 23
May 22 – LONDON, Omeara
May 23 – BRISTOL, Thekla
May 24 – MANCHESTER, Eagle Inn
May 25 – GLASGOW, Broadcast
May 28 – AMSTERDAM, Schellingwouderkerk
May 29 – HAMBURG, Nochtwache
May 30 – BERLIN, Auster Club