Introducing… A.A. Williams
Bella Union are thrilled to announce the signing of A.A. Williams whose much-anticipated debut album will be released this summer via the label. For those new to the name check out “Exit In Darkness”, a track she recorded in collaboration with Japanese post-rock icons MONO in Autumn last year.
A.A. Williams came out of nowhere. An EP arrived on Holy Roar in January 2019, then a debut live show at the prestigious Roadburn Festival three months later confirmed what this first taste of music had suggested: this is a special artist. The woman in black: one arm aloft after the delicate yet decisive strum of a chord, a stillness in the room focused on the graceful soaring of a unique voice. To arrive so fully formed is a feat in itself; to take the audience’s breath away with such immediacy is something else entirely.
A year that saw appearances with the likes of Amenra could have happily peaked with the packed tent that looked upon A.A. Williams when opening up the main stage at Arctangent Festival. This, however, was swiftly followed by tours with Russian Circles, The Sisters of Mercy and Cult of Luna. An artist who has been aligned with the likes of Chelsea Wolfe is also moulded by the experimentation of Radiohead and PJ Harvey. An invitation to appear at MONO’s 20th anniversary event in London last year is testament to the esteem in which this artist is held.
Of signing to Bella Union A.A. Williams says: “I’m extremely excited to announce that I’ve signed with Bella Union – it’s a dream come true to become a part of their roster, and I’m really looking forward to forging a path alongside such inspiring and critically acclaimed artists. Since my debut performance in 2019 so much has happened, I can’t wait to see what the future holds!”
A.A. Williams has a busy live schedule lined up over the next few months including support shows with The Sister Of Mercy and Nordic Giants. She will also be performing a special headline show at the Purcell Rooms in the Southbank Centre next Thursday 12th March accompanied by a string quartet. The fact that the show has already sold-out is testament to the word-of-mouth rise of this unique artist.