Aldous Harding – Stop Your Tears

New Zealand’s Aldous Harding’s music is not for the faint of heart. Disarming in its desolate imagery and stark instrumentation, it deals with the raw materials of life: death, birth, grief and love. There are few happy endings, but the power is in how Harding enters into battle; with a dancer’s grace and a boxer’s stance.

Comparisons could be made with contemporaries Marissa Nadler and Mirel Wagner, but perhaps she is more reminiscent of 60s-era folk singers Vashti Bunyan and Linda Perhacs, Harding’s work certainly lies in harsh terrain – piercing the long history of the genre with grit, sincerity and an unflinching eye.

Her self-titled debut album gets a US release on the 30th September and the hauntingly affecting and beautiful Stop Your Tears is well worth a listen.


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