Bio

Today, after the universally enthusiastic reception of her first two singles, Maple Glider announces her debut LP "To Enjoy is the Only Thing".

It’s an album full of brittle intimacies and effortlessly balanced instrumentation (not a note wasted). In the singer-songwriter tradition, the solo project of Tori Zietsch (‘peach’ with a z) is centred around the lyrics, exploring deeply personal themes and often serving as a self-catharsis.

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 an out of love, interstate and international relocations, the new perspectives travel can bring along with the alienation of being away from the familiar.

"This is what the album looks like to me: 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 10pm, 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$” - Maple Glider

To accompany the album announce, third single “Swimming” is now out. Zietsch says “this was meant to be a love song, but by the time I finished it, it kind of premeditated a break-up”. It’s set on the south coast of both France and the UK - strangely romantic locations to juxtapose falling out of love. Zietsch teamed up with creative collaborator Bridgette Winten for the music video, with whom she made captivating clips for “As Tradition” and “Good Thing”. The video for “Swimming” was inspired by black and white horror films, for their ability to combine satire with emotionally evocative themes. Intimacy, estrangement, confusion and loneliness are highlighted throughout the clip. Maple Glider’s romantic partner-in-crime - an inanimate skeleton.

Both the song and video were written and recorded on unceded Wurundjeri land in Melbourne/Naarm. I pay my respect and show my support to First Nations people everywhere fighting for justice and self-determination. Always was, always will be.

Review

Review by Zan Rowe Zan Rowe

27 Apr 2021

Triple J
40

What a voice. Beautifully captured here, with a fine balance of airy sonics and the weight that grounds it. I'm getting some lovely Weyes Blood influence too, which is a great thing.

What a voice. Beautifully captured here, with a fine balance of airy sonics and the weight that grounds it. I'm getting some lovely Weyes Blood influence too, which is a great thing.

Review

Review by Declan Byrne Declan Byrne

14 Apr 2021

Triple J
40

i'm running out of superlatives to describe maple glider's poise and poetry with each moving release. this is gonna be a record you need to sit down for!

i'm running out of superlatives to describe maple glider's poise and poetry with each moving release. this is gonna be a record you need to sit down for!

Review

Review by Al Newstead Al Newstead

14 Apr 2021

Triple J
45

How is it possible this beauty breaks you apart so much with so little? A strong melody, presence, and sentiment are among the sharpest tools in Tori's songwriting kit.

How is it possible this beauty breaks you apart so much with so little? A strong melody, presence, and sentiment are among the sharpest tools in Tori's songwriting kit.