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Lydia Ainsworth – Afterglow

Last month, Lydia Ainsworth made some serious waves with an enchantingly vibrant video for “The Road,” the first single from her upcoming LP, Darling of the Afterglow. Lydia’s latest offering, “Afterglow,” leads us even deeper into the land of the mystical — a hauntingly simplistic music video (once again directed by her sister Abby) places Lydia front and centre as she pilots an organism of faceless dancers through the track’s steady churning. The depth and spatial definition of “Afterglow” readily places Lydia within the ranks of FKA Twigs and Fever Ray, and we can’t wait to hear what other strange magic the new record will bring.

Darling of the Afterglow is out March 31st on Arbutus and Bella Union.

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Think back to the start of our current decade. Was Diamond Rings dominating your headphones as much as ours? (I’ll admit that my Halloween 2011 look was an interpretation of the “Wait & See” video.) If so, you’ll be delighted to hear he’s been quietly releasing music for the past couple of years under the name JG Ballad.

They’re a set of covers–so far, he’s tackled the likes of The Constantines, Neil Young and more–except he’s loaded them onto a spaceship and launched them up into an infinitely danceable, wonderfully addictive stratosphere. This latest addition, released yesterday, brings k.d. lang’s “Constant Craving” to glorious new heights. We’re so on board.

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Lydia Ainsworth – The Road

And just like that, Lydia Ainsworth is back with a new single and a new album on the way. “The Road” is the first song released since 2014’s phenomenal Right from Real, which has been on constant rotation on our decks, but now we joyfully have something new to listen to over and over again. This song continues Ainsworth’s brand of orchestral melancholic pop but sounds definitively more massive than her more minimal previous work. The video–directed by Lydia’s sister Abby–is a beautiful and stunning spectacle that pairs nicely with the song.

Lydia Ainsworth’s sophomore album Darling Of The Afterglow is out March 31 on Arbutus and Bella Union. Let’s begin counting down the days, shall we?

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