Over the past 12 months, A.A. Williams has established herself as one of the most exciting, acclaimed talents on the UK metal scene. Not that she ever planned it that way, however. Studying piano and cello from the age of six, the London-based singer-songwriter was, for most of her childhood, much more immersed in the world of classical music – more Mozart than mosh-pits.
her late teens, however, she became drawn to heavier, more
guitar-driven music – specifically alt-metal titans Deftones. And
when, one day, she discovered a discarded guitar on the street
(accompanied with a note saying, ‘Please take me, just needs
work’), she began learning the instrument and composing her own
songs, over the past year, have brought lavish praise from music
critics. Raw and visceral, her sound draws upon metal, post-rock and
classical influences, smouldering with dark, glacial melodies and
haunting atmospherics. Reflecting on matters of loss, longing and
redemption, her rich, airy voice can
pivot from serene to soaring in a heartbeat.
signed to the venerable UK indie label Bella Union, she’s toured
with the likes of Cult
Of Luna, Explosions In The Sky, Nordic Giants and Sisters Of Mercy,
as well as collaborating with Japanese post-rock legends MONO. She’s
also been hugely productive during the recent Coronavirus lockdown,
performing stunning cover versions (Radiohead’s ‘Creep’, Gordon
Lightfoot’s ‘If You Could Read My Mind’ and Nick Cave’s ‘Into
Your Arms’) as part of her ‘Songs From Isolation’ video
with her debut album Forever
set for release on Friday, she’ll no doubt cement her standing in
the British musical firmament. The classical world’s loss is most
certainly rock music’s gain.
of bruised, bewitching vocals and dark orchestral sounds, this
slow-burning epic provides the centrepiece to her forthcoming debut
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