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The first time we came across New Zealand’s ALDOUS HARDING was when we saw her play at the Great Escape, Brighton #TGE2015. When we listened attentively, we could hear post-rock sounds, like Portishead and Pixies, inside an acid-folk exterior jacket

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Aldous Harding – an exuberant emanation of slow movement…

Her utterly beautiful 2017 album, “Party” is charming, moving and introspective. And the compositions were harmonically similar to the Calgary coffee-house era Joni Mitchell.

Now her latest song, “The Barrel” [shared below] is released, and taken from the forthcoming album “Designer” which is set for release via 4AD/Flying Nun on 26th April 2019. The album includes some stellar contributions from the likes of: Huw Evans (H. Hawkline), Stephen Black (Sweet Baboo), drummer Gwion Llewelyn and violinist Clare Mactaggart.

The Barrel” is an exuberant emanation of slow movement… a radiant mousse of velvet theater and generosity given in copper tones. There’s a given impression, found in the oddly shaped tones, that Aldous can be soft and adorable, but, if rubbed the wrong way… will become hellishly black-catish. Watch and you’ll see…

The yawning strings add a soulful touch and the rhythms, with simple keyboard, add charm.

This is hypnotizing.

Words: @neilmach 2019 ©


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