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For the first time, New Zealand native Aldous Harding will bring her haunting tunes stateside, including a stop at Mezzanine on October 15 in support of Deerhunter.

Harding’s debut album, simply titled Aldous Harding, has been made available around the world at different intervals over the last year and on September 30 it was released in the US on Flying Nun Records.

According to press materials, Aldous Harding “is disarming in its desolate imagery and stark instrumentation. Reminiscent of ’60s-era folk singers Vashti Bunyan and Linda Perhacs, Harding’s work lies in more harsh terrain than her forebears — piercing the long history of the genre with a unique grit and sincerity.”

“Stop Your Tears”, Harding’s lead single and the first track on the album, perfectly sets the stage for the album. Opening with a soft acoustic melody and a chorus of oozin’ ahh’s, the first few lines paint a despairing portrait: “I will not marry my love / I will die waiting for the pills / death come pull me underwater,” she sounds like someone who has already conceded the game of life.

But her tone is not hopeless. The protagonist is assertive, and eager to “arrive at Death’s border” to “take back the color God has torn” from her. Her music is stoic, and she views her place in this world not to be the overcoming champion, but rather a willing pedestal for others to use in their own destiny.

Settle down in your favorite cozy spot with a cup of hot tea and give the track a listen below.

Deerhunter, Aldous Harding
October 15, 2016
9pm, $25 (21+)

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