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Alternative & Indie - Released May 19, 2017 | 4AD

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When John Parish, PJ Harvey's producer, takes the time to sit down behind the console to work on a record, people tend to take notice. To see why, take a look at Party, Aldous Harding's second album, which we might swiftly (or hastily?) categorise as cerebral folk: it is neurasthenic, and spellbinding. Only, behind these reductive labels, the young New Zealander commands a much broader musical spectrum. On the model of the Living The Classics/Party series: on the former track, Harding is gentle and almost evanescent, before mutating on the latter into a baleful imp.  No effects, no instrumental chicanery is needed to win the crowd's ear. Because even if we can see that she knows the classics (Kate Bush, Joan Baez, Linda Perhacs, Joni Mitchell, Vashti Bunyan...), it is the very personal tone of her voice and her songs that makes this second album an impressive moment of intimacy and revelation... © MZ/Qobuz
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Alternative & Indie - Released April 26, 2019 | 4AD

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The element of surprise has inevitably been lost but the magnetism remains; this girl is unstoppable. Hannah Toop aka Aldous Harding reinterprets a tried and tested formula. Accompanied again by John Parish, PJ Harvey’s producer, the New-Zealander favors eccentric harmonies that are as rugged as they are stirring to create a sublime sound that distinguishes her from other songwriters. After her breakup with Marlon Williams, Aldous delivers a painstakingly melancholic opus that, at times, exhibits a darker side (Pilot) as well as lighter tones (The Barrel) through tracks that are packed with raw emotion despite the blunt and unfiltered lyrics. After an eponymous first album and the revelatory Party released on 4AD, Harding has realized a third success with the very succinct Designer. © Charlotte Saintoin/Qobuz
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Alternative & Indie - Released April 26, 2019 | 4AD

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Pop - Released February 19, 2019 | 4AD

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Alternative & Indie - Released May 19, 2017 | 4AD

The follow-up to the self-described "gothic folk" singer/songwriter's 2015 eponymous debut, Party is downcast New Zealander Aldous Harding's first outing for 4AD. It's a fitting partnership, as her minimalist, chamber pop arrangements, dark confessional lyrics, and wee-hours-of-the-morning vibe invoke some of the famed British independent label's most notable exports (Kristin Hersh, Kendra Smith, Lisa Germano, Emma Pollock, etc.). Built on a foundation that's pure Nico-esque chanteuse baritone, Harding's voice manages to come off as both distinct and mercurial, reserved and whispery, à la Vashti Bunyan one minute and full-throated PJ Harvey the next. The simplicity of the arrangements casts its own spell, with Harding switching pretty evenly between fingerpicked guitar and melancholy-wet piano throughout the just-under-40-minute set. Tracks like the Perfume Genius-assisted lead single "Imagining My Man," the cyclical "What If Birds Aren't Singing They're Screaming," and the spartan title cut all benefit from the amount of space that swirls about them -- the melodies themselves, often circular and self-referential, only add more nuance to the overall intimacy. Harding's writing style begs for sonic melodrama in the same way that Lana Del Ray, Tales of Us-era Goldfrapp, or even Agnes Obel's do, but by stripping her balladry of any ostentatious finery, her myriad discomforts and occasional small joys are conveyed in a way that feels bereft of any sort of hyperbole. Party finds the sweet spot between raw and refined, and in doing so, feels very real. ~ James Christopher Monger
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Alternative & Indie - Released February 9, 2017 | 4AD

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Alternative & Indie - Released September 27, 2017 | 4AD

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Alternative & Indie - Released September 27, 2017 | 4AD

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