Aldous Harding

An artist of rare calibre and intensity, Aldous Harding does more than sing. Her body and face a weapon of theatre, Harding dances with steeled fervour in and through an omnium gatherum of emotions.

As a Bunraku puppet transforms from graceful maiden to a gnashing, black-eyed demon, so Harding spins through sinister torch songs, gentle laments and eerie odes. Her debut release with 4AD Party introduces a new pulse to the stark, unpopulated dramatic realm where Kate Bush and Scott Walker reside.

Igniting interest with her eponymous debut album released just two years ago, Aldous Harding quickly become a name murmured on many lips, known for her rare combination of talent, tenacity and shrewd wit.

Party, to be released mid 2017, is produced by the award-winning John Parish (PJ Harvey, Sparklehorse). Comprising a formidable clutch of songs, Party sees Harding shape-shift through a raft of roles: chanteuse, folk singer and balladeer - all executed with her twisted touch of humour, hubris and quiet horror. In other words, she’s having a good time. Stretching her limbs with playful cunning and steely fervor; every note, word and arrangement posed with intellect and inventiveness.

First single “Horizon” is a lover’s call to arms shockingly powerful for its brutal simplicity and rawness of feeling, love and loathing colliding to devastating effect. “Aldous Harding repeats the line as a mantra, as a truth, as a reality. It's as if the gift of life is right here, with all its beauty and its limitations”, said NPR.

Renowned for the captivating state of possession she occupies in live performance, Aldous Harding has won crowds the world over playing alongside Deerhunter, Frankie Cosmos and Perfume Genius, as well as to hoards of eager crowds at Great Escape, Golden Plains and more. Aldous’ 2017 touring schedule spans Europe, the US and the United Kingdom for much of the year, beginning with a tour of the United States with Andy Shauf and performances at SXSW in March.

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Events featuring Aldous Harding

Mar 17, 2017
8:00pm — 8:30pm
Mar 17, 2017
10:00pm — 10:40pm