MAPLE GLIDER – ” To Enjoy Is The Only Thing “

Posted: May 30, 2021 in MUSIC
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Maple Glider is Naarm/Melbourne-based singer-songwriter Tori Zietsch. The title of Maple Glider’s debut album, ‘To Enjoy Is The Only Thing’, exudes both a sense of elegance and hedonism. But it could have been very different.

“When I was writing the record in Brighton in the UK I took a photo of some graffiti. It said ‘To enjoy is the only thing, BTCH$’,” the singer-songwriter Tori Zietsch (rhymes with peach) recalls gleefully. The 27-year-old grew up in Lismore, northern New South Wales, ensnared in something she only refers to as The Religion. A post-interview email asking for more detail yields a polite rebuff: “I have been deliberately keeping this info private.”

Pre-Maple Glider, Zietsch gigged under her own name then formed a group, Seavera, alongside producer Daniel Pinkerton. That band went kaput too, then Zietsch fell in love with a backpacker. After his travel visa ran out, the two set off overseas. Like all young lovers living in each other’s pockets, it was all going swimmingly, until it suddenly wasn’t.

One debut album to enjoy is the only thing, Zietsch’s vocals melt into layers of plucked acoustic guitar and lulling piano, drawing on the sombre styles of folk contemporaries with a stark tenderness and introspection that assumes the listener is inside her bedroom as she plays for herself. striking emotionality is at the centre of this performance, leaning into an intimacy that is achieved by way of deeply personal reflections and velvety melodic compositions.

In Tori’s words: “to me, to enjoy is the only thing feels like walking past tinsel-covered trees in mid-september, swimming along the calanques in the South of France, frost on the hood of a car, darkness at 4pm, lightness until 10pm, sibylle baier’s colour green, Devendra Banhart’s ma, Adrianne Lenker’s a-sides, a muted feeling, the perpetual grey fog that swallows the silver coast in Portugal, an ugly green dress, the colour red, red wine, red blood, red lips, the red of a cardinal’s robe, Switzerland, my mother’s diaries, a coroner’s report, the sun on my face, the end of love.”

The Australian singer/songwriter Maple Glider (aka Tori Zietsch) has shared a new single off her anticipated Partisan Records debut “To Enjoy Is The Only Thing” , and this one shows off a more minimal, bare-bones side of her music, but is equally gorgeous in its own way.

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