Maple Glider is the solo project of Tori Zietsch. Her debut album To Enjoy Is The Only Thing is an album full of brittle intimacies, effortlessly balanced instrumentation and not a note wasted. In the singer-songwriter tradition, the Maple Glider project is centred around the lyrics, exploring deeply personal themes and often serving as a self-catharsis, brought to vivid life by the beauty of Tori’s artistry and wry sense of dark humour. 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 and out of love, interstate and international relocations, the new perspectives travel can bring along with the alienation of being away from the familiar.

Spoken only as she could, Zeitsch describes the collection as, “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 10 pm, 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$!”

Release: June 25th, 2021, Pieater/Partisan
Words: 23 Media