Aspidistrafly had always quietly hovered in the realm of public consciousness. First emerging in 2003, the ambient folk duo comprising singer-songwriter/creative director April Lee and her partner and producer Ricks Ang gathered quite the cult following over the years with Lee’s hushed, feathery vocal melodies gliding atop hazy, guitar-based drone.
Containing nine tracks, Aspidistrafly’s long awaited third album Altar Of Dreams was released late last month.
This, in addition to the duo’s striking visual storytelling, weaves an ethereal multi-sensory tapestry that’s hard to come by – and judging from the decade it took for Altar Of Dreams’ release, may be just as hard to assemble.
After 10 years in the works – with tours, their marriage, Ang’s tinnitus diagnosis, and individual career progression wedged in between – Aspidistrafly is finally back. From the days of their preceding release A Little Fable (2011) lies a newfound clarity in their sound, their lo-fi haze cleared by the diaphanous ebb and flow of new age influences.
Ahead, we speak to the frontwoman on building the world of Altar of Dreams and what exactly can be found within it.
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