JUNO NOMINATED ARTIST, COMPOSER, AND PRODUCER LYDIA AINSWORTH’S UPCOMING ALBUM, DARLING OF THE AFTERGLOW, DUE OUT MARCH 31 VIA ARBUTUS RECORDS
HEADLINING NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES BEGIN APRIL 19
“...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
“Now here’s a winter pop jam.” - New York Magazine’s Vulture
“...easily her biggest and most dynamic release so far.” - FACT Mag
PHOTO CREDIT John Michael Fulton // DOWNLOAD HIGH-RES
Toronto-based artist, composer, and producer Lydia Ainsworth will release her sublime sophomore album, Darling Of The Afterglow, on March 31 via Arbutus Records. Today, she’s sharing a new video for album cut “Afterglow”, which The Fader claims “appropriately relishes the creepy aura and slinky dance moves of the blank face masks of the back up dancers and Ainsworth herself.” A lush, haunting, and utterly mesmerizing song, the video was directed by Lydia’s sister Abby Ainsworth, who also directed the album’s first single, “The Road”.
Ainsworth tells The Fader, "I was living in LA at the time I wrote the song. After spending a day producing the instrumental in Burbank with Jim-E Stack and a French bulldog named Peaches I brought the track home for a walk around Echo Park Lake. By the lake lives a beautiful Art Deco statue named ‘Nuestra Señora Reina de Los Angeles’ (Queen of the Angels). Walking around just after sunset, drenched in a feeling of disconnect and isolation I found comfort in the Queen of the Angels. She gave me the inspiration for the lyrics and melody of the song. It was as if she was singing them to me."
To celebrate the release of her new album, Lydia Ainsworth will embark on her first-ever headlining tour throughout North America beginning April 19. She will also make a stop at SXSW in Austin this March. Full tour dates are list below and tickets are available at lydiaainsworth.com
Darling Of The Afterglow is Lydia Ainsworth’s second record and follows up the JUNO Award 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.
4/19/17 - Washington, DC @ DC 9
4/20/17 - Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s
4/22/17 - Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right
4/24/17 - Allston, MA @ Great Scott
4/25/17 - Montreal, QC @ Bar Le Ritz PBD
4/26/17 - Toronto, ON @ The Garrison
4/28/17 - Chicago, IL @ Schubas
4/29/17 - Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St. Entry
5/2/17 - Seattle, WA @ Barboza
5/3/17 - Portland, OR @ Holocene
5/4/17 - Vancouver, BC @ Fox Cabaret
5/6/17 - San Francisco, CA @ Swedish American Hall
5/8/17 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo