Aldous Harding calls to mind a theatrical sensibility and visual style of a young Kate Bush or Patti Smith, from the haunting “Horizon" to the quirky cut "The Barrel," the lead single off of her third album Designer. (On a related note: have you seen the hats?!) In anticipation of the new album, Harding's setlist at a sold-out DC9 was comprised almost entirely of songs from the as-of-yet unreleased Designer, the exceptions being a cover of Gerry Rafferty’s “Right Down the Line” and a “newer than new” song of hers not on Designer called “Old Pine.” Through it all, the DC9 crowd was utterly silent - people were hesitant to whisper even in-between songs. That’s the kind of power Harding wields - her emotive personality on stage captivated the crowd from start to finish.
Designer will be released on April 26 through 4AD.
See below for more pics of Aldous Harding’s performance as well as opener Yves Jarvis. His latest album The Same But By Different Means is out now through Anti Records.