Friday 5 July 2019
New Zealand songwriter brimming with confidence – and fragility

If you’ve watched Aldous Harding’s music videos, you’ll know she has a sense of humour. If you haven’t watched them, you’re in for a treat. If you haven’t seen her perform live, you’re in for an even bigger treat.

Aldous Harding is a songwriter from New Zealand, and she’s here to bring you both tears and joy – preferably simultaneously.

Her real name is Hannah Harding, and her story is a classic: She was discovered busking on the street, her talent obvious and too good to remain exclusive to local onlookers. Harding was signed to Flying Nun who released her debut album in 2014, and even though it was in many ways a quiet affair, it was a clear signal of things to come.

Aldous Harding was destined for something bigger, and when legendary indie label 4AD signed her, she was flown to London to record what became her breakthrough album, Party, released in 2017. Featuring the likes of Mike Hadreas of Perfume Genius, the album is understated and emotional but with so much wit that you’ll keep coming back to discover the details.

From street busking to Roskilde Festival, Aldous Harding has come a long way. With the new album Designer she will be attracting plenty of new fans.