The Melbourne-based Maple Glider, the project of Tori Zietsch is soon releasing her debut LP, To Enjoy is the Only Thing, due out on June 25th via Partisan Records. Now based in Brighton Zietsch has brought us this joy of a first album, raw and acoustic to allow for those stunning vocals to soothe your nerves as you follow vignettes from her life.
Following the dissolution of a previous musical project in early 2018, Zietsch left Melbourne and moved to the seaside town of Brighton. It was there she began to work on solo material, drawing from bouts of homesickness, basking in the lengthy European summer hours and writing non-stop. She returned to Melbourne late 2019 with a SoundCloud account full to capacity of demo uploads, enlisting Tom Iansek (Big Scary, #1 Dads, The Paper Kites, Hockey Dad) to produce and record the songs that would eventually form, To Enjoy is the Only Thing.
On To Enjoy is the Only Thing, written whilst Zietsch lived in Brighton in the UK, she compiles a striking set of moments from her life; growing up in a restrictive religious household, falling in and out of love, cross-country and international travel, longing, alienation and more. Moments both unremarkable and life-altering, but always deeply felt, observed, considered and brought to vivid life by the beauty of Tori’s vocals and dark humour.
As Tradition encompasses folk elements as well as that stripped back grit, warm and ladled with percussion despite the lyrics. As an opener it catches your attention and pulls you into Swimming, an ethereal and mollifying track that takes you on an journey through a failed relationship. View From This Side is an anecdotal, reflective comely track that is almost impossible to not fall in love with. Be Mean, It’s Kinder Than Crying is possibly however the track that cements the album for me, poignant and meditative lyrics over just three basic guitar chords, amplifying her lyrics and that voice. And well, Mama It’s Christmas is the ideal closer of a track on To Enjoy Is The Only Thing embodied with it’s pathos and benignity, representative of Glider’s best work and a grasp of optimism at the end of an album that unearths some life fears, and reflects on those sketches of her life.
Stunningly poignant and heartfelt, Maple Glider’s debut LP will catch the attention of critics and perk our ears for more from this Melbourne-born artist.
To Enjoy Is The Only Thing is out on 25th June, via Partisan Records