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Igniting interest with her eponymous debut album released just two years ago, Auckland’s Aldous Harding has become known for her sinister torch songs, gentle laments and eerie odes delivered with a charismatic combination of hubris, shrewd wit and quiet horror.
Produced by John Parish (PJ Harvey, Sparklehorse) in Bristol, a world away from her New Zealand home, Party introduces a new talent to the stark, dramatic realm where Kate Bush and Scott Walker reside. As well as contributions from Parish, Perfume Genius’s Mike Hadreas also lends vocals to the aforementioned ‘Imagining My Man’ and album closer ‘Swell Does The Skull’.
Barry says: Beautifully produced brittle organic compositions, rich with orchestral accompaniment, emotive vocal outpourings and sensitively tackled emotional heft. The languid gothic morosity of slow-builders like requiem 'Horizon' being skilfully and effectively offset with less gloomy but equally brittle numbers, balancing the weight from a cornucopia of unsettling heft into a smooth, and varied ride. Brilliant.
2. Imagining My Man
3. Living The Classics
5. I’m So Sorry
7. What If Birds Aren’t Singing
8. The World Is Looking For You
9. Swell Does The Skull