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Aldous Harding release her third album, “Designer”, on 4AD Records. Designer finds the New Zealander hitting her creative stride. After the sleeper success of the internationally lauded Party, Harding came off a 100-date tour last summer and went straight into the studio with a collection of songs written on the road. Reuniting with John Parish, producer of Party, Harding spent 15 days recording and 10 days mixing at Rockfield Studios, Monmouth and Bristol’s J&J Studio and Playpen.

The New Zealand songwriter Aldous Harding with her third studio album “Designer”. At first glance it’s another album of her signature soft-spoken folk sound, but this time around there’s more meat on the bones. It’s her first record with drums on almost every song, and a broader instrumental palate lends the album a newfound sense of gravity. The emotional lows are lower and the highs are even higher than before.

From the bold strokes of opening track “Fixture Picture”, there is an overriding sense of an artist confident in their work, with contributions from Huw Evans (H. Hawkline), Stephen Black (Sweet Baboo), drummer Gwion Llewelyn and violinist Clare Mactaggart broadening and complimenting Harding’s rich and timeless songwriting.

The amazing new album from Aldous Harding is out today on 4AD Records/Flying Nun Records, on limited gold vinyl pressing.

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London-based Lebanese composer, musician, lyrical poet and singer Nadine Khouri is set to release her debut album Lost Continents in the early months of 2016. Recorded in Bristol with the somewhat legendary John Parish, Nadine has explained it is an album influenced by dream-pop, movie soundtracks and spoken word.

The first snapshot of what to expect from the album came in the shape of Nadine’s most recent single, You Got A Fire. It’s a fabulous track, starting from a minimal introduction, with just Nadine and a ukulele and building to a hazy crescendo of droning beauty. The track marked Nadine out as a contemporary of Low, Sparklehorse and Mazzy Star, and she sounds more than comfortable in that company.

Recorded at Toybox Studios with John Parish & Ali Chant.
Produced by John Parish.

Nadine Khouri: vocals, ukelele
Ruban Byrne: electric guitar, backing vocal
J Allen: Wurlitzer, backing vocal
John Parish: acoustic guitar, backing vocal
Huw Bennett: double-bass
Jean-Marc Butty: drums