Toronto-based artist, composer and producer Lydia Ainsworth will release her sublime sophomore album in March, and today she shares a new track. A lush, haunting and utterly mesmerizing song, “Afterglow” is the second single off the forthcoming album Darling of the Afterglow. The video was directed by Lydia’s sister Abby Ainsworth, who also directed the album’s first single “The Road.” Watch “Afterglow” via The Fader or below…
Darling of the Afterglow will be released through Arbutus/Bella Union on March 31st, 2017 – pre-order vinyl, CD and digital copies HERE.
Early 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
“Now here’s a winter pop jam.” – New York Magazine’s Vulture
“…easily her biggest and most dynamic release so far.” – FACT Mag
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.
To celebrate the release of her new album, Lydia Ainsworth will embark on her first-ever headlining tour throughout North America. She will also make a stop at SXSW in Austin this March.
North American Tour Dates:
3/14-19/17 – Austin, TX @ SXSW
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