New Zealand’s Aldous Harding will play a headline show at The Gasometer in Melbourne on 10 March.
Disarming in its desolate imagery and stark instrumentation, Aldous deals with the raw materials of life: death, birth, grief and love. With a dancer’s grace and a boxer’s stance, Aldous’ music is accompanied by wry wit and tenacious gall that will see her become a true stayer in the music world. Sometimes reminiscent of 60s-era folk singers Vashti Bunyan and Linda Perhacs, Harding’s work lies in more harsh terrain than her forebears - piercing the long history of the genre with a grit and sincerity rarely encountered.
Somewhat out of step with the 21st Century, Hailing from New Zealand’s Southern port town of Lyttelton, Aldous has received attention and accolades from some of the most illustrious corners of the music industry. Her self- titled debut album received 4 stars in MOJO and Uncut, while UK blog The 405 hailed her a “toweringly talented song writer”.
While the album was released nearly a year ago in New Zealand, it continues to thrive after releases in Australia and Europe, Aldous’ music timelessly out of step with fleeting trends. Following the Australian release, she played Sydney & Perth Festivals and Golden Plains. She has also toured with Tiny Ruins, Perfume Genius and Laura Jean.