Thread of Aldous Harding - eccentric 'gothic folk' NZ singer songwriter

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Listening to 'Party' now and I'm pretty sure it won't be for the first time. Getting some (actually good) c2004 freak-folk vibes. Any ILMers like her?

Shat Parp (dog latin), Monday, 24 July 2017 09:03 (four years ago) link

I like her but don't love her. Definitely have heard moments of brilliance.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Monday, 24 July 2017 11:39 (four years ago) link

three months pass...

I hadn't heard of / heard this Aldous Harding record. It's nice.

― Simon H., Wednesday, November 15, 2017 2:22 AM Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Aldous Harding was great playing with Deerhunter a couple years ago, that rare opening act whose set tracks an arc from total obscurity to a surprising immediacy. I like "Party" quite a lot though "Imagining My Man" stands out too much maybe.

― geoffreyess, Wednesday, November 15, 2017 5:38 PM Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Bumping due to 2017 end of the year lists ... Happy New Year everyone.

AFAICT these have been the singles from Party:

sbahnhof, Saturday, 18 November 2017 11:11 (four years ago) link

bookmarking, given the decription had to check to make sure she doesn't run with a bad crowd ideologically but seems fine

really powerful

Universal LULU Nation (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Saturday, 18 November 2017 14:01 (four years ago) link

that Horizon song is pretty much the platonic ideal of 'interesting weird voice, complete absence of songwriting'

imago, Saturday, 18 November 2017 14:18 (four years ago) link

Horizon very Kate Bush-y, but I like how much different voices she can utilise. Imagining My Man is mesmerizing.

Le Bateau Ivre, Saturday, 18 November 2017 15:15 (four years ago) link

Good record. I guess imago is right that "Horizon" relies more on delivery and performance than songwriting, but I like it anyway. Le Bateau Ivre, I agree - it's impressive how different she sounds from song to song.

By the way, the album was produced by John Parish (PJ Harvey, Perfume Genius, Jenny Hval, Rokia Traore, shitload of other great LPs).

ˈʌglɪɪst preɪ, Saturday, 18 November 2017 19:20 (four years ago) link

two months pass...

christ Imagining My Man is flatly fantastic.

piscesx, Sunday, 28 January 2018 22:23 (four years ago) link

I have a soft spot for the functional club remix action of the DiCe rework of "Horizon" - reminds me of the Rabbit in the Moon remixes of Sarah McLachlan you'd get on mid-late 90s CD singles:

Love the "hey"s punctuating "Imagining My Man".

Duet with fellow Lyttleton folk personage Marlon Williams, "Nobody Gets What They Want Anymore":

etc, Monday, 29 January 2018 07:59 (four years ago) link

Record is amazing, live show is stunning. It's like she sets out to look every audience member present directly in the eye for a slightly more than a comfortable amount of time.

triggercut, Sunday, 4 February 2018 09:49 (four years ago) link

one year passes...

This is great. New album out April 26.

triggercut, Friday, 22 February 2019 11:11 (three years ago) link

one month passes...

christ Imagining My Man is flatly fantastic.

New to her but completely agree. "Imagining My Man" blows me away. She's playing a small club here in Chicago in a few weeks, curious what the live show is like without the arrangements.

... (Eazy), Friday, 29 March 2019 01:51 (three years ago) link

I see Hamish Kilg0ur posting this every 6 months or so. I love it.

Yerac, Friday, 29 March 2019 10:40 (three years ago) link

three weeks pass...

i am quite in love with the opener of the new album:

je est un autre, l'enfer c'est les autres (alex in mainhattan), Monday, 22 April 2019 07:39 (three years ago) link

I guess we all deserved an answer to the question 'what if Weyes Blood was completely insufferable?'

imago, Monday, 22 April 2019 11:08 (three years ago) link

I guess we all deserved an answer to the question 'what if Weyes Blood was completely insufferable actually interesting?'

ˈʌglɪɪst preɪ, Monday, 22 April 2019 12:33 (three years ago) link

(Kidding, I like Weyes Blood but I'm more excited about Aldous.)

ˈʌglɪɪst preɪ, Monday, 22 April 2019 12:34 (three years ago) link

I still feel like she's inconsistent but her high points are very high. And more than any recent artist, her videos are oddly engaging - she has these strange mannerisms, like she's feeling her song with her entire body. It's quite disarming.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Monday, 22 April 2019 14:38 (three years ago) link

Saw her live a week ago. Really good show, mostly performed in shadows, which kept the mannerisms from being front and center. Small backing band that gave the same full feeling of the album arrangements, and what I’m assuming what the title track of “Designer” was the highlight (something about designing a tattoo). No “Imagining My Man”, alas.

... (Eazy), Monday, 22 April 2019 15:49 (three years ago) link

two months pass...

The Barrel is tremendous. I'm not entirely convinced by everything else.

Matt DC, Sunday, 23 June 2019 16:30 (three years ago) link

“Imagining My Man” is what pulled me in, haven’t really warmed up to anything else yet.

If I were a POLL I’d be Zinging (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 23 June 2019 17:11 (three years ago) link

That NPR show captures her brilliantly (or captures what I like about her). Good face pulling, too.

djh, Sunday, 23 June 2019 21:35 (three years ago) link

The face pulling almost puts me off but I guess it goes hand in hand with the weird voice making.

If I were a POLL I’d be Zinging (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 23 June 2019 21:44 (three years ago) link

that live version of blend is about 5 million times better than the album version. the simple, tender tune breaks my heart. she was so right to give the guitar to the other guy and concentrate on the singing.

je est un autre, l'enfer c'est les autres (alex in mainhattan), Tuesday, 2 July 2019 19:07 (two years ago) link

“Imagining My Man” is what pulled me in, haven’t really warmed up to anything else yet.

I'm the same way and was shocked that it wasn't in her set when I saw her a few months ago.

There's also this from last week:

... (Eazy), Tuesday, 2 July 2019 19:09 (two years ago) link

(No toy instruments and Questlove, alas.)

... (Eazy), Tuesday, 2 July 2019 19:14 (two years ago) link

one month passes...

Saw her live last night. She opened with two acoustic tracks from Party, then a three-piece band joined her for the majority of Designer, “Blend,” and an fun unreleased (I think?) song called “Old Peel.” She really is a captivating performer, she held the (very respectful and enthusiastic) audience in the palm of her hand, despite being a quiet folk act playing a late evening festival slot. At the same time she doesn’t exactly have a confident or overbearing stage presence; there still seemed to be some nervousness and rough edges, but it made the gig even more memorable. The weird mannerisms/face pulling were all there but dialed down compared to some of her performances I saw on YT, and they seemed more genuine (especially on “Treasure”) and less affected. Would love to see her in a more intimate setting, with better acoustics.

ˈʌglɪɪst preɪ, Saturday, 3 August 2019 11:28 (two years ago) link

one year passes...

Just discovered "Weight of the Planets" and it pulled me in more than the lead songs on Designer did. What a gem.

... (Eazy), Saturday, 27 February 2021 03:40 (one year ago) link

eight months pass...

only just saw that there's an official studio recording/music video for 'old peel'

donna rouge, Saturday, 20 November 2021 00:14 (seven months ago) link

love that.

bulb after bulb, Saturday, 20 November 2021 01:22 (seven months ago) link

one month passes...

***new Aldous***

change display name (Jordan), Wednesday, 12 January 2022 15:21 (five months ago) link

really nice. and:

'Lawn' is the first single from Aldous Harding's forthcoming album, 'Warm Chris', out 25 March 2022 on 4AD.


karl...arlk...rlka...lkar..., Wednesday, 12 January 2022 16:50 (five months ago) link

With John Parish producing again. Single sounds good!

... (Eazy), Wednesday, 12 January 2022 17:18 (five months ago) link

Is it Parish doing the background vocals?

change display name (Jordan), Wednesday, 12 January 2022 18:33 (five months ago) link

Was just checking on any vocal credits on "Weight of the Planets" and not seeing any, guessing that's him as well...

deep luminous trombone (Eazy), Wednesday, 12 January 2022 19:02 (five months ago) link

Album includes Sleaford Mods' Jason Williamson (according to Norman Records, so could be invented).

djh, Wednesday, 12 January 2022 19:31 (five months ago) link

xp Parish, H. Hawkline and Gwion Llewelyn are all credited with vocals on "Weight of the Planets" if that helps.

cwkiii, Thursday, 13 January 2022 16:39 (five months ago) link

two months pass...

Really loving this. So many great hooks, and I find her vocal delivery fascinating. I've also had this line rattling in my head all week:

Of all the ways to eat a cake
This one surely takes the knife

triggercut, Saturday, 2 April 2022 12:17 (two months ago) link

Definitely one to spend time with. Closing track "Leathery Whip" (duet with Jason Williamson from Sleafod Mods) has a great Tall Dwarfs-y vibe.

etc, Monday, 4 April 2022 00:49 (two months ago) link

i like this album a lot. feels of a piece with the new cate le bon, though maybe a bit more pastoral

na (NA), Monday, 4 April 2022 15:14 (two months ago) link

I'm enjoying it too, although tbh it's not as strong as Designer or Party. Also had to excise 'Passion Babe' from the tracklist, as my partner can't stand the voice she uses on it or the repetition.

change display name (Jordan), Monday, 4 April 2022 16:01 (two months ago) link

My wife had the same reaction to that song. So far I find the first half of this album really strong, and then I completely lose track of the second half. I don't know if it's me or the album but I've been driven to distraction every single time I've played it.

sctttnnnt (pgwp), Monday, 4 April 2022 16:48 (two months ago) link

one month passes...

karl...arlk...rlka...lkar..., Wednesday, 4 May 2022 16:10 (one month ago) link

lovely video for 'tick tock'

gotta say i was initially disappointed by the album, but it still has that thing of being odd and off-putting in some ways yet having bits that pull me back and make me wanna figure out why i'm intrigued. i really enjoy that i find it hard to pinpoint what exactly she's doing so much of the time

karl...arlk...rlka...lkar..., Wednesday, 4 May 2022 16:16 (one month ago) link

yet it never really feels forced or ~random~, there's a subtly and ease to her sound despite the weirdness

karl...arlk...rlka...lkar..., Wednesday, 4 May 2022 16:17 (one month ago) link

two weeks pass...

Her new album just came up as a recommendation on Apple Music. I thought, "Hmm, wonder if there is a thread about her on ILX." I'm digging it so far.

immodesty blaise (jimbeaux), Tuesday, 24 May 2022 02:15 (one month ago) link

three weeks pass...

Did anyone read any interesting reviews of this? It's not the most immediate album but, yeah, like karl...arlk...rlka...lkar says there's something intriguing.

djh, Saturday, 18 June 2022 16:01 (one week ago) link

i haven't read any interesting reviews, but i did see her in Atlanta last week and she was great. her band is super tight, her stage presence is as odd and entrancing as her music, and the songs from the new album, which comprised most of the set, sounded fantastic live. 'passion babe' in particular clicked live in a way it hadn't for me in home listening

karl...arlk...rlka...lkar..., Tuesday, 21 June 2022 03:45 (four days ago) link

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