Shares the video for “Into The Blue“
London and Brighton dates in May
Darling of the Afterglow out now on Bella Union
Praise for Lydia Ainsworth + Darling of the Afterglow:
“…This is Ainsworth’s creative sweet spot…an eerie, exquisite lullaby that drifts between delicate verses and mighty choruses driven by rich piano chords and electronic drums.” – NPR Music
“Among pop music’s experimental architects, Lydia Ainsworth has a unique knack for making grand sweeping gestures feel human.” – Pitchfork
“oozing sensuality, strength and supernatural sass over dark, unctuous beats. . . this as a deeply female record, one that carries with it a womanly warmth.” – NME
“…easily her biggest and most dynamic release so far.” – FACT Mag
“honing her instincts has improved on what was an already formidable talent.” – Loud and Quiet
“Ainsworth understands the importance of experimentation, building something familiar yet otherworldly.” The Line of Best Fit
Ahead of her UK shows next month, Toronto-based artist, composer and producer Lydia Ainsworth has unveiled the video for her new single, ‘Into The Blue’. She says of the song, “Into The Blue is about reaching the very bottom of one’s emotional depths to achieve purification from fear. “ Watch below, and read an exclusive Q&A with Ainsworth via Dazed here.
Lydia has also announced two UK headline shows in May as part of her European tour:
Tuesday 30th May – The Joker, Brighton
Wednesday 31st May – London Fields Brewery, London
Thursday 1st June – Escape B, Paris
Friday 2nd June – Trix Bar, Antwerp
Saturday 3rd June – V11, Rotterdam
Monday 5th June – Uebel & Gefährlich, Hamburg
Tuesday 6th June – YUCA, Cologne
Wednesday 7th June – Kantine am Berghain, Berlin
Thursday 8th June – Sugar Factory, Amsterdam
Darling of the Afterglow is Lydia Ainsworth’s second record and follow up to the Juno-nominated and critically acclaimed Right From Real (2014). The album features a team of local Toronto musicians, woven into Ainsworth’s programming, samples and string arrangements. “I usually have to be out of my element to get that spark of inspiration,” she says of songwriting. The songs on Darling of the Afterglow were all begun away from home, before being brought to fruition in her hometown.
Mixing yearning pop with other-worldly synthetic sounds, plush classical settings and weird-gothic R&B influences, Lydia Ainsworth’s new album is a richly imagined, richly felt work of future-pop classicism: an album of intimate emotions projected in heightened widescreen. The stunning, 11-track Darling of the Afterglow showcases a great leap forward from Right from Real’s already prodigious experi-pop riches.
Watch this space for more on Lydia Ainsworth and Darling of the Afterglow: http://lydiaainsworth.com/