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Throughout this hour-long set, a few of the other songs from Designer start to unfurl a little. Damn is one track that really comes into its own, a mannered miniature made up of a four-note piano melody.
Harding, whose real first name is Hannah, performs it like a Hungarian expat singing to herself. Resisting entrapment, being in charge of your own destiny, feels like a recurring motif. The Barrel puts it quite plainly. Heaven Is Empty is another hypnotic song made of virtually nothing, with much implied. Zoo Beach House Teen Dream is a clear standout.
The chorus finds Harding up in her gossamer soprano range, backed up by the meatiness of the band. GW Nichols. James Wallace. Eric Van Lustbader. Bo Long. Tank the Blank. Alexandrine LD. Jan Sejal. Steve Lawson. Rory Challands.
Purchasable with gift card. Blend Imagining My Man Living The Classics Party I'm So Sorry Horizon What If Birds The World Is Looking Swell Does Assagai Zimbabwe Skull That album certainly begins joltingly, with Stop Your Tearswhich she sang then like a long-lost, broken folk singer.
Her performance Performance Hi Fi Performance Horizon on Later… With Jools Holland saw her Aldous Harding Aldous Harding, gesticulating theatrically, practically spitting into the camera.
Is that Aldous Harding Aldous Harding you want? Then came bolder artistic choices. In the video to Blendshe dances in turquoise hotpants and bra, the camera objectifying her body as she glares at the viewer comments on her YouTube page are, wisely, switched off. I recognised this as an outfit inspired by the Playboy Bunny scene from Apocalypse NowI say, and she suddenly beams like a child.
I took to that film like a child with a toy! I felt like it was speaking Aldous Harding Aldous Harding me and only me. It was like a puzzle. And a comfort. Sam Bonney. Thaddeus Stoenner. Lord Foo. Evan Shelhamer. Carolyn King. Jerath Head. Dexter Winter.
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