Tuesday, April 20th: ALDOUS HARDING
New Zealand singer/songwriter Hannah Harding, better known by her nom de plume, Aldous Harding, first drew praise for the gothic indie folk and stark emotionality of her 2015 debut that brought about comparisons to both Kate Bush and Scott Walker.
Harding comes from a musical family: her mother is folk singer Lorina Harding, and she was discovered while busking on a street by fellow musician Anika Moa.
Despite getting her musical start at only 13, she initially had no interest in pursuing music. But soon she started singing and writing songs alongside friend and fellow musician Nadia Reid and by 2008, she was performing backup vocals for the traveling string band the Eastern.
Her 2012 self-titled debut garnered much critical acclaim, and Harding toured extensively behind the album. Her sophomore album, “Party,” which was nominated for Album of the Year at that year's New Zealand Music Awards, was released in 2017.
After completing a 100-date tour in support of the LP, Harding headed back into the studio to begin laying down tracks for her third full-length effort. The resulting “Designer” on 4AD and was recently added to WYCE’s library.