God forbid you lock eyes with New Zealand singer Aldous Harding during her Visions set next month, because when she sings her steely eyes have the power to burn through your skull like a hot lance through a boil. You’ve been warned.

With one self-titled album released many moons ago to her name, the 25-year- old lanky Lyttelton native has been ploughing a lonely musical furrow of death, birth, grief and love. There are few happy endings, she admits, but it’s the desolate journey itself that sets her gothic folk music apart.

First recorded on one of her mother Lorina’s folk albums at the tender age of 13, her voice has the rasp of Sharon Van Etten without the residual sugar, and Kate Bush’s wild power without the warble. And she wields it to explore her favourite scorched- earth themes in a style that recalls the southern hemisphere theatrics of Nick Cave – with little hope of his favoured Biblical redemption.

Nevertheless her lyrics are often as witty as they are audacious. Which surely makes her eagerly awaited appearance at Visions that much more of a delight as she prepares to confound and challenge in London Fields – albeit in a very quiet way.

We caught up with Aldous to ask her the burning questions – while being careful to shield our eyes…

If I had to describe my music in 3 words, I’d use…
I.Love.You

My favourite film ever is…
Apocalypse Now

The most famous person I’ve met is…
Marlon Williams

The song I hate the most is…
Passengers’ new song.

The worst job I’ve ever had is…
Telling my mum her dad had died.

If I was in a tribute band it would be…
Julee Cruise

My favourite word is…
Heels

If I had a super power I’d want it to be…
The strong man who controls the weather and can change into anything and is the fastest thing on the planet.

If I could play a gig anywhere it would be…
Mum’s place.

I think you should listen to…
Yourself

If I could see anyone play live it would be…
Swans

Aldous Harding plays Visions festival on August 6th