PopMatters is moving to WordPress. We will publish a few essays daily while we develop the new site. We hope the beta will be up sometime late next week.
Music

Georgia: Georgia

Andrew Crowley
Photo: Laura Coulson

Like other musical omnivores before her, Georgia is distilling the essence of music of the period.


Georgia

Georgia

Label: Domino
Release Date: 2015-08-07
Amazon
iTunes

Like other musical omnivores before her, Georgia is distilling the essence of music of the period. At times the resulting album makes clear her influences, but never to the point it wears out its welcome. Her self-titled debut on Domino calls to mind watershed records such as Mellow Gold by Beck and Kala by M.I.A. Albums that captured the mood and politics of the time, trapping its essence in amber. Hit play on "Loser" and memories of indifference and angst of Generation Xers comes rushing back. One can almost smell the patchouli and flannel. When "Paper Planes" comes up on shuffle on your MP3, flashes of the waning years of Bush II come rushing by. So too does Georgia, which along with offering a satisfying blend of the major sonic trends, also picks up on the tension and uncertainty of 2015.

Every instrument on Georgia is the result of two years of labor, is played by her. It’s a credit to her craft and attention to detail, the resulting offering is sonically and musically expansive, drawing from a wide range of sources and reconciling disparate genres and musical traditions into a cohesive whole that serves as the perfect soundtrack for the halfway mark of the 2010s.

Georgia is a gifted musical polymath, having played drums since she was two-years old. She studied music at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London while also working at Rough Trade. One cliche about debut works is that artists tend to wear their influences on their sleeves. It’s not really the case with Georgia, you can tell what music fell in love with, but it all feels very fresh and vital.

“Kombine,” the first real song after the a short introductory track, has the spacey, electro-futuristic vibe of the Timbaland/Miss Elliott partnership that produced so many indelible songs. The production is elaborate, but never busy to the point of overwhelming the listener or fatiguing the ears.

“Be Ache” really shows off the influence of Grime on Georgia. Grime had its heyday in the UK in the early-2000s, a fusion of hip-hop, dancehall, UK garage, as well as drum and bass. “Be Ache” would be ideal to bump in a dance club, the production washes over the ears and picks up on threads of romantic longing, it is vulnerable but never weak.

“Nothing Solutions” has a bassline so rubbery it bounces and snaps like chewing gum. “Hold It” displays Georgia’s knack for when to treat her vocals and when not to, the pitch-altered vocals opening the song add a lovely, low end timbre to the record. “Digits” features a nice incorporation of gamelan. It’s adds a really interesting texture as there really isn’t anything similar in Western music. “Cab Ride” is a brief interlude that serves a nod to the cab driver who gave Georgia a mixtape of Pakistan Qawwali, a form of Sufi devotional music. “Tell Me About It” is a swampy synth-driven banger, that sounds like the middle of a crowded dance floor, warm bodies pressing against each other, everyone drunk on liquor and the energy of the moment. A late night slow jam if there ever was one.

“Move Systems” opens with a twinkling music box and then suddenly, Georgia declares, “All right, I’m out” and things change instantly, the lightness of the opening replaced with heavier, denser soundscape. “Heart Wrecking Systems” lets off a little on the intensity of the previous cuts and shows Georgia’s knack for crafting a tender ballad, one that calls to mind the occasional existential crises or sudden bouts of loneliness that come about on a night on the town. It’s the perfect listen for the solo Uber ride home. “GMTL” and “You” are serviceable penultimate and ultimate tracks, but it feels like “Heart Wrecking Systems” might have served as a better album closer as anything that follows was going to pale in comparison.

8

Please Donate to Help Save PopMatters

PopMatters have been informed by our current technology and hosting provider that we have less than a month, until November 6, to move PopMatters off their service or we will be shut down. We are moving to WordPress and a new host, but we really need your help to save the site.


Music

Books

Film

Recent
Television

How 'Watchmen' and 'The Boys' Deconstruct American Fascism

Superhero media has a history of critiquing the dark side of power, hero worship, and vigilantism, but none have done so as radically as Watchmen and The Boys.

Music

Floodlights' 'From a View' Is Classicist Antipodal Indie Guitar Pop

Aussie indie rockers, Floodlights' debut From a View is a very cleanly, crisply-produced and mixed collection of shambolic, do-it-yourself indie guitar music.

Music

CF Watkins Embraces a Cool, Sophisticated Twang on 'Babygirl'

CF Watkins has pulled off the unique trick of creating an album that is imbued with the warmth of the American South as well as the urban sophistication of New York.

Music

Helena Deland Suggests Imagination Is More Rewarding Than Reality on 'Something New'

Canadian singer-songwriter Helena Deland's first full-length release Someone New reveals her considerable creative talents.

Music

While the Sun Shines: An Interview with Composer Joe Wong

Joe Wong, the composer behind Netflix's Russian Doll and Master of None, articulates personal grief and grappling with artistic fulfillment into a sweeping debut album.

Music

Peter Frampton Asks "Do You Feel Like I Do?" in Rock-Solid Book on Storied Career

British rocker Peter Frampton grew up fast before reaching meteoric heights with Frampton Comes Alive! Now the 70-year-old Grammy-winning artist facing a degenerative muscle condition looks back on his life in his new memoir and this revealing interview.

Books

Bishakh Som's 'Spellbound' Is an Innovative Take on the Graphic Memoir

Bishakh's Som's graphic memoir, Spellbound, serves as a reminder that trans memoirs need not hinge on transition narratives, or at least not on the ones we are used to seeing.

Music

Gamblers' Michael McManus Discusses Religion, Addiction, and the Importance of Writing Open-Ended Songs

Seductively approachable, Gamblers' sunny sound masks the tragedy and despair that populate the band's debut album.

Books

Peter Guralnick's 'Looking to Get Lost' Is an Ode to the Pleasures of Writing About Music

Peter Guralnick's homage to writing about music, 'Looking to Get Lost', shows how good music writing gets the music into the readers' head.

Film

In Praise of the Artifice in George Cukor's 'Sylvia Scarlett'

George Cukor's gender-bending Sylvia Scarlett proposes a heroine who learns nothing from her cross-gendered ordeal.

Music

The Cure: Ranking the Albums From 13 to 1

Just about every Cure album is worth picking up, and even those ranked lowest boast worthwhile moments. Here are their albums, spanning 29 years, presented from worst to best.

Television

The 20 Best Episodes of 'Star Trek: The Original Series'

This is a timeless list of 20 thrilling Star Trek episodes that delight, excite, and entertain, all the while exploring the deepest aspects of the human condition and questioning our place in the universe.

Music

The 20 Best Tom Petty Songs

With today's release of Tom Petty's Wildflowers & All the Rest (Deluxe Edition), we're revisiting Petty's 20 best songs.

Joshua M. Miller
Music

The 11 Greatest Hits From "Greatest Hits" Compilations

It's one of the strangest pop microcosms in history: singles released exclusively from Greatest Hits compilations. We rounded 'em up and ranked 'em to find out what is truly the greatest Greatest Hit of all.

Music

When Punk Got the Funk

As punks were looking for some potential pathways out of the cul-de-sacs of their limited soundscapes, they saw in funk a way to expand the punk palette without sacrificing either their ethos or idea(l)s.

Music

20 Hits of the '80s You Might Not Have Known Are Covers

There were many hit cover versions in the '80s, some of well-known originals, and some that fans may be surprised are covers.

Music

The Reign of Kindo Discuss Why We're Truly "Better Off Together"

The Reign of Kindo's Joseph Secchiaroli delves deep into their latest single and future plans, as well as how COVID-19 has affected not only the band but America as a whole.

Books

Tommy Siegel's Comic 'I Hope This Helps' Pokes at Social Media Addiction

Jukebox the Ghost's Tommy Siegel discusses his "500 Comics in 500 Days" project, which is now a new book, I Hope This Helps.


Reviews
Collapse Expand Reviews



Features
Collapse Expand Features

PM Picks
Collapse Expand Pm Picks

© 1999-2020 PopMatters.com. All rights reserved.
PopMatters is wholly independent, women-owned and operated.