On 19th May 2017, Aldous Harding releases her second album, Party. Following the recent single ‘Horizon’ – a lover’s call to arms which also features on her 4AD debut – a new track and video goes online today. Watch ‘Imagining My Man’ in the player below, or stream on the platform of your choice here. A host of new tour dates are also scheduled.
Party was produced with the award-winning John Parish (PJ Harvey, Sparklehorse) in Bristol, a world away from Harding’s New Zealand home. As well as contributions from Parish, Perfume Genius’s Mike Hadreas lends vocals to ‘Imagining My Man’ and Party closer ‘Swell Does The Skull’.
Igniting interest with her eponymous debut album released just two years ago, Aldous Harding quickly became a name murmured on many lips. She’s known for her sinister torch songs, gentle laments and eerie odes delivered with a charismatic combination of hubris, shrewd wit and quiet horror. Party introduces a new talent to the stark and unpopulated dramatic realm where Kate Bush and Scott Walker reside.
‘Imagining My Man’ is an intensely intimate listen as Aldous explores the curiosity of a lover’s idiosyncrasies. The video was created by ‘Horizon’ director Charlotte Evans and once again draws focus on Harding, tracking her movements throughout the city of Auckland.
“It has a fluidity that works nicely. I couldn't think of anything that would work better. I want people to feel calm, I was just trying to look friendly. It was also lovely being driven around Auckland City, I hadn't done that in a while.” says Harding.
'Party' by Aldous Harding is released 19th May 2017 on 4AD.
You can pre-order from the 4AD Store here on LP/CD.
Limited LP purchases come with a bonus 7" featuring new track 'Elation'.
You can pre-order from all digital stores here.
Pre-orders from iTunes will receive instant downloads of 'Imagining My Man' and 'Horizon'.
Aldous Harding - Party
2. Imagining My Man
3. Living The Classics
5. I’m So Sorry
7. What If Birds Aren’t Singing They’re Screaming
8. The World Is Looking For You
9. Swell Does The Skull
To celebrate the release of Party, Aldous Harding will be bringing her captivating live show to Europe in May and North America in June.
30th - Rough Trade, Brooklyn NY, US
18th-19th - The Great Escape, Brighton, UK
20th - L’Olympic Café, Paris, France [TICKETS]
21st -Huis 23, Brussels, Belgium [TICKETS]
22nd - Omeara, London, UK [TICKETS]
23rd - Thekla, Bristol, UK [TICKETS]
24th - The Ruby Lounge, Manchester, UK [TICKETS]
25th - Broadcast, Glasgow, UK [TICKETS]
28th - Schellingwouderkerk, Amsterdam, UK [TICKETS]
29th - Nochtwache, Hamburg, Germany [TICKETS]
30th - Auster Club, Berlin, Germany [TICKETS]
3rd - Nelsonville Music Festival, Nelsonville OH, US [TICKETS]
4th - Nelsonville Music Festival, Nelsonville OH, US [TICKETS]
5th - DC9, Washington DC, US [TICKETS]
6th - Johnny Brenda’s, Philadelphia PA, US [TICKETS]
7th - Great Scott, Allston MA, US
11th - Le Divan Orange, Montreal QC, Canada [TICKETS]
12th - Velvet Underground, Toronto ON, Canada [TICKETS]
13th - El Club, Detroit MI, US [TICKETS]
14th - Empty Bottle, Chicago IL, US [TICKETS]
16th - The Earl, Atlanta GA, US [TICKETS]
17th - Gasa Gasa, New Orleans LA, US [TICKETS]
19th - The Mohawk (Inside), Austin TX, US [TICKETS]
20th - The Monarch, El Paso TX, US
21st - Hotel Congress, Tucson AZ, US [TICKETS]
22nd - The Echo, Los Angeles CA, US [TICKETS]
23rd - Soda Bar, San Diego CA, US [TICKETS]
24th - Swedish American Hall, San Francisco CA, US [TICKETS]
13th-16th - Latitude Festival, Suffolk, UK
28th - Kilby Court, Salt Lake City UT, US [TICKETS]
29th - The Olympic, Boise ID, US [TICKETS]
30th - Tractor Tavern, Seattle WA, US [TICKETS]
31st - The Biltmore, Vancouver BC, Canada [TICKETS]
2nd - The Palomino, Calgary AB, Canada [TICKETS]
3rd - The Bartlett, Spokane WA [TICKETS]
13th - Ypsigrock Festival, Castelbuono, Italy
17th-20th - Green Man Festival, Brecon Beacons, UK
25th-27th - Sea Change Festival, Totnes, UK
1st-2nd - Electric Fields Festival, Dumfries & Galloway, UK