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New Zealander singer-songwriter Aldous Harding has announced her third album, Designer, due April 26 on 4AD. Lovely lead single “The Barrel” launched Tuesday, accompanied by a puzzler of a music video.
Designer, the follow-up to Harding’s 2017 4AD debut Party, is a collection of songs she wrote during her 100-show summer tour behind her last album. She reunited with Party producer John Parish to record the new nine-song set, with accompaniment from Huw Evans (H. Hawkline), Stephen Black (Sweet Baboo), drummer Gwion Llewelyn and violinist Clare Mactaggart.
The quietly off-kilter video for “The Barrel,” co-directed by Martin Sagadin and Harding herself, finds the artist singing her new song in an unusual outfit and environment; she dances in place behind a Mona Lisa smile, dressed like a witchy pilgrim throwing a one-woman party in the world’s biggest blanket fort. The clip has a trick or two up its sleeve, though, so you’ll want to see it through—the payoff takes the video’s unsettling charm up a notch.
Harding will support her new LP with headlining shows in North America, the U.K. and Europe throughout April and May, with a number of summer festival sets also on the docket.
Watch the “The Barrel” video below, and find the details of Designer and Harding’s tour itinerary further down. You can preorder her new album here.
01. Fixture Picture
03. Zoo Eyes
05. The Barrel
07. Weight of the Planets
08. Heaven is Empty
Designer Album Art:
Aldous Harding Tour Dates:
08 – Brooklyn, N.Y. @ Rough Trade
09 – Washington, D.C. @ DC 9
10 – Philadelphia, Pa. @ Johnny Brenda’s
11 – Kingston, N.Y. @ BSP
12 – Montreal, Que. @ Sala Rosa
14 – Chicago, Ill. @ Empty Bottle
15 – Minneapolis, Minn. @ First Ave Presents @ Turf Club
18 – Seattle, Wash. @ Tractor Tavern
19 – Portland Ore. @ @ Mississippi Studios Presents @ Polaris Hall
22 – San Francisco,, Calif. @ Rickshaw
24 – Los Angeles Calif. @ Zebulon
12 – Berlin, Germany @ Privat Club [SOLD OUT]
14 – Brussels, Belgium @ Rotonde Botanique [SOLD OUT]
15 – Brighton, U.K. @ Concorde 2
16 – Cambridge, U.K. @ Junction 2
17 – Leeds, U.K. @ Brudenell
18 – Glasgow, U.K. @ CCA
19 – Newcastle, U.K. @ The Cluny 2 [SOLD OUT]
21 – Manchester, U.K. @ Gorilla
22 – London, U.K. @ EartH [SOLD OUT]
23 – Bristol, U.K. @ Trinity
25 – Paris, France @ La Maroquinerie
26 – Lille, France @ Maison Folie Wazem
28 – Nantes, France @ Stereolux
29 – Bordeaux, France @ Rock School Barbey
30 – Nimes, France @ This Is Not A Love Song
31 – Barcelona, Spain @ Primavera Sound
01 – Hilvarenbeek, The Netherlands @ Best Kept Secret
07 – Porto, Portugal @ Primavera Porto
07 – Bruges, Brussels @ Cactus Festival
12 – Dublin, Ireland @ Iveagh Gardens
25-28 – St. Germans, U.K. @ Port Eliot Festival
02-04 – Katowice, Poland @ OFF Festival
15-18 – Brecon Beacons, U.K. @ Green Man Festival
05 – London, U.K. @ Roundhouse