Lydia Ainsworth, Sugarfactory | Sugarfactory

datum: donderdag 8 juni 2017

Lydia Ainsworth Sugarfactory | Sugarfactory

Lydia Ainsworth
Locatie: Sugarfactory (kleine zaal)
Datum: Donderdag 8 juni
Tijden: 20.30u tot 23.00u
Tickets €11,- via

Op donderdag 8 juni, presenteert Lydia Ainsworth haar nieuwe album 'Darling of the Afterglow' in Sugarfactory Amsterdam.

''Jimi Hendrix zei dat je moet kunnen fantaseren, om zo de realiteit meer helder te zien, zegt de Canadese Lydia Ainsworth.'' Op haar sublieme nieuwe album, Darling of the Afterglow, gebruikt Lydia de wijsheden van Hendrix op de juiste manier. De opvolger van Lydia's Juno-genomineerde album 'Right from Real (2014), voelt levendig en rijk aan, waarin intieme gevoelens worden geprojecteerd in verhoogd breedbeeld, en waarbij verlangen naar pop classicisme fuseren met een wereld vol synthetische geluiden en R&B invloeden.

Voor Lydia representeert het een grote sprong van vertrouwen na haar wonderbaarlijke debuut, of het nu gaat om de kristal-achtige harmonieën en death's-head ritmes van 'The Road', of om de weelderige pop van 'Ricochet'. Gezegend met een buitengewoon soepele stem, verbindt Lydia zich volledig op alle fronten, ter ere van de woorden van 'Afterglow': ''Om het veilig te spelen, speel je niet''.


Lydia Ainsworth
Location: Sugarfactory (Small Hall)
Date: Thursday, 8th of June
Times: 20.30u till 23.00u
Tickets €11,- via

At Thursday June 8th, Lydia Ainsworth will present her new album ''Darling Of The Afterglow'' in Sugarfactory Amsterdam.

“Jimi Hendrix said you need fantasy,” says Toronto’s Lydia Ainsworth, “to see reality more clearly.” On her sublime second album, Darling of the Afterglow, Ainsworth upholds Hendrix’s wisdom in the best way. Vividly imagined and richly felt, the follow-up to Ainsworth’s Juno-nominated Right from Real (2014) is an album of intimate emotions projected in heightened widescreen, where yearning pop classicism and classical smarts merge with other-worldly synthetic sounds and weird-gothic R&B influences.

For Ainsworth, it represents a great leap of confidence from her prodigious debut, whether she’s conjuring the crystalline harmonies and death’s-head rhythms of ‘The Road’, the lush earworm pop of ‘Ricochet’ or the small-hours reverie of ‘WLCM’. Blessed with an extraordinarily supple voice, Ainsworth commits herself fully on all fronts, honouring the words of ‘Afterglow’: “To play it safe is not to play at all.”

The haunting cover of Chris Isaak’s ‘Wicked Game’ is a test-case; embracing its vocal challenges live, Ainsworth relished stepping outside her comfort zone. “I usually have to be out of my element to get that spark of inspiration,” she says. The album title itself came to her while she was out of her element, explains Ainsworth, living near LA’s Echo Park - home to the Art Deco statue ‘Nuestra Señora Reina de Los Angeles’ (Queen of the Angels). “Walking around the lake just after sunset at a time when I was desperate for human connection, I found comfort in this statue. She gave me the inspiration for the lyrics to the song. It was as if she was singing them to me.” Pass the message on: Darling of the Afterglow is a bold, beautiful album from a voice ready to be heard.


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