Aldous Harding

Real Name:
Hannah Sian Topp
Profile:
Singer/songwriter Aldous Harding first drew praise for the gothic folk and stark emotionality of her 2015 debut that brought about comparisons to both Kate Bush and Scott Walker. She grew up as Hannah Harding in the town of Lyttelton near Christchurch in New Zealand to musician parents. Her mother was folk singer Lorina Harding, and it was on her NZ Folk album of the year award-winning record Clean Break that the 13-year-old Harding made her recording debut.

Despite this early foray into the music business, the young Harding had no interest in pursuing a career as a musician, believing it to be a precarious existence. Just a couple of years later, she began to let go of her dreams of becoming a vet when she started singing and writing songs alongside friend and fellow musician Nadia Reid. By 2008 she was performing backup vocals for the travelling string band the Eastern, and Harding got an early break when she was spotted busking by Anika Moa, who on the back of that performance invited the young musician to open for her at her show that same night.

In 2012 Harding changed her forename to Aldous and asked Marlon Williams and Ben Edwards to co-produce what would become her debut record. The self-titled release garnered much critical acclaim, and Harding toured the album extensively. For her follow-up, she signed to British independent label 4AD, and enlisted the help of John Parish (Sparklehorse, PJ Harvey) to co-produce the record. Her sophomore album Party was released in 2017, and was preceded by the singles "Horizon" and "Imagining My Man."
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Artist

Albums

WOOMECD010 Aldous Harding - Aldous Harding album art Aldous Harding Aldous Harding (Album) Lyttelton Records, Spunk, Woo Me, Flying Out WOOMECD010 Europe 2014 Sell This Version
none Aldous Harding - Party album art Aldous Harding Party (Album, Single) 4AD none 2017 Sell This Version
4AD0102LP Aldous Harding - Designer album art Aldous Harding Designer (Album) 4AD 4AD0102LP Europe 2019 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

none Aldous Harding - Horizon album art Aldous Harding Horizon (Single) 4AD none UK & US 2017 Sell This Version
4AD0055TE Aldous Harding - Live At KEXP album art Aldous Harding Live At KEXP (EP) 4AD 4AD0055TE UK 2017 Sell This Version
none Aldous Harding - Elation album art Aldous Harding Elation(File, AAC, Single, 256) 4AD none UK & US 2017
none Aldous Harding - Old Peel album art Aldous Harding Old Peel (Single) 4AD none 2021 Sell This Version
none Aldous Harding - Revival album art Aldous Harding Revival(File, AAC, Single, 256) 4AD none 2021