After the crossover appeal of Designer, I didn't warm initially to Warm Chris's more insular sound. Contra the title, the stripped down approach sounded like an artist retreating into the distance, kind of stand-offish. But I now think it's the opposite. Warm Chris is a remarkably brave record, both vulnerable and confident in its melodic idiosyncrasies. It asks to be loved...no, it KNOWS it will be loved on its own terms, terms enough to make it one of the year's best.
An artist of rare calibre, Aldous Harding does more than sing; she conjures a singular intensity. The artist has announced details of Warm Chris new studio album, the follow-up to 2019’s acclaimed Designer.
For Warm Chris, the Aotearoa New Zealand musician reunited with producer John Parish, continuing a professional partnership that began in 2017 and has forged pivotal bodies of work (2017’s Party and the aforementioned Designer). All ten tracks were recorded at Rockfield Studios in Wales, the album includes contributions from H. Hawkline, Seb Rochford, Gavin Fitzjohn, John and Hopey Parish and Jason Williamson (Sleaford Mods).