This month 4AD brought the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection a few of its best shows, including post-punk revivalists Dry Cleaning at First Unitarian Church and neo glam rockers The Lemon Twigs at Underground Arts. And next Friday, June 10th, 4AD recording artist Aldous Harding will be coming to Union Transfer for what will likely be one of the best shows we see all summer.
This March the New Zealand indie-folk singer/songwriter released Warm Chris, her fourth studio album, which The FADER characterized as, “Piano rock distilled to its essentials,” and New York Times called, “Her nimblest album yet, though it has not sacrificed her signature, surrealist undertow.” The album is her third collaboration with producer John Parish, best known for his work with PJ Harvey, who’s also worked with PHILTHY favorites This Is The Kit and Jenny Hval.
Although Aldous Harding isn’t doing interviews for her upcoming tour, which kicks off this Friday in Chicago, she was the subject of a recent feature on Pitchfork in which she discusses her seemingly ever-changing voice, not considering herself a real musician, and writing portions of Warm Chris in Geraldine, New Zealand, where she grew up on her family’s organic farm. She even discusses the notion of not being able to cite many direct influences behind her music, while noting that her process does feel a bit like that of the mockumentaries of Christopher Guest (Waiting for Guffman, Best in Show, A Mighty Wind etc.)
Earlier this month Aldous Harding released an animated music video for the twee-leaning “Tick Tock.” Check it out and get your tickets for her June 10th headlining date at Union Transfer while you can.
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