Lydia Ainsworth

Pop experiments made for big screens


Lydia Ainsworth is an internationally acclaimed singer, composer, and producer. In 2015 her debut album Right from Real was nominated for a Juno award for best electronic album and shortlisted for the Polaris Prize. In 2017 Lydia’s second LP, a still bolder set of electro art pop titled Darling of the Afterglow brought with it headlining tours of North America, Europe and Japan as well as support tours with Perfume Genius.

Her 2019 third album, the self-released Phantom Forest, is a lush dream world of art and dance pop that she wrote, played, and produced. Shortly after its release, she created string remixes of some of Phantom Forest’s tracks, further showcasing her compositional skills and knack for reinvention. That same year, "Earth Song," her collaboration with Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein, appeared in the last episode of Season 3 of Stranger Things.

Lydia’s original scores for film and commercials have screened at festivals such as Sundance, Cannes, and Hot Docs. “Lydia Ainsworth’s pop experiments sound like they’re made for big screens. Close your eyes (… ) and let the considerable power of her orchestral strings, horns, and dense harmonies transport you to a dark cinema, where surreal images tumble like falling skies, and it’s not quite clear what comes next" - Jenn Pelly, Pitchfork

Lydia’s fourth album Sparkles & Debris will be out on May 21, 2021 via Zombie Cat Records. Written in Toronto, New York and Los Angeles over many years, Sparkles & Debris reflects Ainsworth’s usual composer’s mindset and instinct for idiosyncratic melodies and structures. The album also marks a departure from the more solitary creative process that Ainsworth’s previous releases were born from.

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