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. Harding 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.
Having recently opened for labelmates Deerhunter, Aldous Harding will bring her extraordinary live show to Europe and North America later this year.
14th-17th - SXSW, Austin TX, US
19th - The Casbah, San Diego CA, US*
20th - The Constellation Room, Santa Ana CA, US*
21st - The Regent, Los Angeles CA, US*
22nd - The Chapel, San Francisco CA, US*
24th - Tractor Tavern, Seattle WA, US*
25th - Treefort Music Festival, Boise ID, US
27th - Urban Lounge, Salt Lake City UT, US*
28th - Larimer Lounge, Denver CO, US*
30th - Rough Trade, Brooklyn NY, US
20th – L’Olympic Café, Paris, France [TICKETS]
21st – Huis 23, Brussels, Belgium [TICKETS]
22nd – Omeara, London, UK [TICKETS]
23rd – Thekla, Bristol, UK [TICKETS]
24th – Eagle Inn, Manchester, UK [TICKETS]
25th – Broadcast, Glasgow, UK [TICKETS]
28th – Schellingwouderkerk, Amsterdam, The Netherlands [TICKETS]
29th – Nochtwache, Hamburg, Germany [TICKETS]
30th – Auster Club, Berlin, Germany [TICKETS]
* - supporting Andy Shauf