Download New Album: Aldous Harding – Designer
Aldous Harding comes through with a brand new smashing hot and dope studio album, packed with 9 soliad and amazing tracks entitled “Designer“. The first thing that strikes me about Aldous Harding’s third record Designer is its playfulness. There’s an ease, and a hint of a tease in her voice as it swoops and croons.
The lyrics are cryptic, like fragments of misheard conversations. It sounds like Aldous is having fun, and the videos that accompany the first two singles ‘The Barrel’ and ‘Fixture Picture’ back this up. The second song on the album, ‘Designer’ feels like she’s gliding through a gallery, interacting with the art.
“That visionary shimmer / Do not lose your young eyes / Laughing at good work with your ugly son / Give up your beauty, designer”
In truth I have no idea what some of these songs are about, and I’ve become fixated on decoding them. Not that I’ll get any help from Aldous herself.
For the past year she’s been based between NZ and Cardiff, where her Welsh partner is from, but she’s in New York when I speak to her, about to play a show. She speaks in her usual considered, introverted manner as I enquire about life in Wales.
“I’m as settled as someone like me can be, knowing what’s ahead” she says. In many ways she seems like an old-world celebrity: enigmatic, shrouded in mystery, and not one to over-share or beautifully curate herself on social media. Last time I spoke to Aldous, before the release of her 2017 release Party, I was given a list of no-go topics, which included her old band (The Eastern), her family (who are musicians), and her ex (Marlon Williams).
There are no such caveats this time, but it all feels a bit irrelevant now anyway. What I do ask about, are the clear boundary lines she created when she was starting out, and why these were necessary.
“I was very new. And some of the things that people were asking, was stuff I hadn’t thought about, and did not feel comfortable going on a tour through the dark corners of my stream of consciousness with complete strangers. Being a fragile person.
“And I understand that that makes people uncomfortable sometimes, but just because you can buy parts of people. This is the kind of song(s) you wouldn’t want to miss on your playlist.
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