“Both fascinating and frightening, highly eccentric and blisteringly beautiful – a record destined to worm its way deep under the skin.” Q ★★★★★
“Cryptic and deeply idiosyncratic songs, a record you don’t want to turn your back on in any way.”
“It’s easy to become swept up in this world of sustained and excruciating beauty.”
“A warm, textured collection of songs that breathe life at every corner.” DIY ★★★★
Today, Aldous Harding shares a new song and video for ‘Fixture Picture’ from her forthcoming third album Designer, out April 26 on Flying Nun Records (New Zealand). Co-directed by Aldous Harding and Jack Whiteley, the video’s suspenseful opening scene finds Harding strumming her guitar on the white cliffs of Dover. The pay-off comes later with a dramatic and enigmatic live performance by Harding and her band inspired by Alejandro Jodorowsky.
‘Fixture Picture’ follows first album single ‘The Barrel’ and its delightfully off-kilter accompanying video, the latter described as “uplifting and beautifully arranged,” by MOJO, with the Guardian saying “her spell remains strong." Watch ‘The Barrel’ video here.
Aldous Harding’s third album, Designer is released on 26th April and finds the New Zealander hitting her creative stride. After the sleeper success of Party (Taite Music Prize winner 2018), Harding came off a 200-date tour last summer and went straight into the studio with a collection of songs written on the road. Reuniting with John Parish, producer of Party, Harding spent 15 days recording and 10 days mixing at Rockfield Studios, Monmouth and Bristol’s J&J Studio and Playpen. From the bold strokes of opening track ‘Fixture Picture’, there is an overriding sense of an artist confident in their work, with contributions from Huw Evans (H. Hawkline), Stephen Black (Sweet Baboo), drummer Gwion Llewelyn and violinist Clare Mactaggart broadening and complimenting Harding’s rich and timeless songwriting.
Joined by her new 4-piece band, Aldous Harding kicked off a string of US dates with a SOLD OUT show in NYC on Monday night. Brooklyn Vegan called the performance “flat out amazing” adding “there was a clear connection between her and the audience, who were pin-drop quiet and hung on every note.”
26 April 2019
1. Fixture Picture
3. Zoo Eyes
5. The Barrel
7. Weight of the Planets
8. Heaven is Empty
Pre-save and preorder Designer, out April 26 on Flying Nun Records (NZ)
To celebrate the release of Designer in Harding’s home territory, Flying Nun Records will press a special, limited edition blue/black colour vinyl for New Zealand fans. Pre-order now from Flying Out or your local music store.