Thursday 1 July 2021

WATCH: Maple Glider - 'Friend'

You could say that I chose a great week last week to get completely out of the loop with new releases and abandon my inbox for a few days... I came back to find one of the busiest release days in living memory (ask any music PR/journo you know... if they've recovered yet.) Australia's Maple Glider is an artist I hadn't heard of until Friday, when I saw a few tweets about her debut album, To Enjoy Is The Only Thing. You can usually tell if you're going to love an artist by the person recommending it, and I was right to have high hopes... it's a beautiful album. 

As your way in (like mine) here is new single Friend, with a video directed by Athina Wilson. On the track, Maple Glider, AKA Tori Zietsch, explains: "this song is for an old, good friend. In some ways it feels like one of the most personal songs on the album. I knew I wanted to write it for a long time, before I finally did. It's a reflection of some of my experience in the music industry from the age of sixteen or so, before Maple Glider existed, and the story of a friendship intertwined inside of each of our shiny music dreams. It was turbulent and unbalanced, and we both became a little undone within it. A lot of hurt and healing came to the surface after years of close collaboration, and 'Friend' is the result of that."

If, like me, Friend has you hooked, or at the very least a little intrigued, let Tori entice you further with these words describing the collection of tracks which make up the record: "...walking past tinsel covered trees in mid-September, swimming along the calanques in the south of France, car-bonnet frost, darkness at 4pm, lightness until 10pm, a muted feeling, the perpetual grey fog that swallows the Silver Coast, the colour red, this ugly green dress, red wine, red blood, red lips, red is the colour of the cardinal’s robe, Switzerland, my mother’s diaries, a coroner’s report, the sun on my face, the end of love, "To enjoy is the only thing. BTCH$.'"

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