Maple Glider, the solo project of Tori Zietsch (‘peach’ with a z), has announced new tour dates for Warrang / Sydney and Naarm / Melbourne for this September, in celebration of her debut album, ‘To Enjoy is the Only Thing‘s‘ release.
See all tour dates below + TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE.
Released via Pieater and Partisan Records (ROW), ‘To Enjoy is the Only Thing’ is an album full of brittle intimacies, effortlessly balanced instrumentation and not a note wasted. In the singer-songwriter tradition, the Maple Glider project is centred around the lyrics, exploring deeply personal themes and often serving as a self-catharsis, brought to vivid life by the beauty of Tori’s artistry and wry sense of dark humour. Over plucked acoustic guitar or deftly weighted piano chords, Maple Glider shares vignettes of her life; growing up in a restrictive religious household, falling in and out of love, interstate and international relocations, the new perspectives travel can bring along with the alienation of being away from the familiar.
Spoken only as she could, Zeitsch describes the collection as, “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 10 pm, 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$!”
Today’s announcement follows the recent music video for the single Friend, directed by Athina Wilson of Eye to Eye Productions. Filmed in a grand, Golden Era-esque hall with Maple in performance regalia, she stands alone under the spotlight, singing about a decaying friendship, whilst interspersed are echoes of a suburban childhood. Speaking to its theme, Tori 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.”
Now with the wind of her debut album beneath her wings, Maple Glider takes flight. Happy Mag has announced that Maple Glider is the winner of the 2021 Needle in the Hay competition – judged from over 3,000 entries. As a result, the goosebumps-inducing album closer ‘Mama It’s Christmas’ will be pressed to 7” in the coming months. Speaking of vinyl, the first pressing of ‘To Enjoy is the Only Thing’ is available in pearly green wax. It can be ordered in a bundle with a green tie-dye tee with the LP logo up-titled to To “Fang It” is the Only Thing… a personal saying of Tori’s, inspiring one of her tattoos.
‘To Enjoy is the Only Thing’ is out now via Pieater / Partisan Records,
buy/stream it here.
Thu 23 Sep – Northcote Social Club – Naarm / Melbourne
Thu 30 Sep – The Vanguard – Warrang / Sydney
Tickets available at mapleglider.com
“The Melbourne-based songwriter’s debut is sparse and hypnotic, drawing connections between her experiences of leaving a relationship and leaving a religious upbringing.”
“A piece that tries to unravel the intricacies of a religious upbringing and a relationship,
both of which kept her from being her true self”
Bob Boilen (NPR)
“Some voices in indie just hit home”
“Glider’s airy vocals float beautifully throughout the song,
with Iansek’s signature slow-burning and evocative production making for a stunning listen”
“As Tradition quivers with its intimacy,
drawing from the same deeply personal chord of Julia Jacklin and Angie McMahon,
albeit with nuances and touches that make it distinct to herself”
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