Today Toronto-based artist, composer and producer Lydia Ainsworth announces her sublime second album, Darling of the Afterglow. The album will be released through Arbutus/Bella Union on March 31st, 2017 – pre-order vinyl, CD and digital copies HERE. The breathtaking first single, as well as its equally gorgeous music video, is also available now. Watch “The Road,” directed by Lydia’s sister Abby Ainsworth, HERE via NPR Music. Album art by TonjeThilesenand tracklisting can be found below.
To celebrate the release of her new album, Lydia Ainsworth will embark on her first-ever headlining tour throughout North America. Get your tickets HERE now, and see below to find a show near you.
Darling of the Afterglow is Lydia Ainsworth‘s sophomore 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 – from the lush lullaby of “Afterglow,” to the immersive “Into The Blue,” to the masterful cover of Chris Isaak’s “Wicked Game” – showcases a great leap forward from Right from Real‘s already prodigious experi-pop riches.