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Single Review – Georgia – Feel It

In 2015, Georgia merely made a ripple of success with her debut album, despite her illustrious talent as a singer, drummer and producer. Yet, her comeback single Feel It has the potential to make waves. The track starts as it means to go on: ruthlessly edgy synths set the tone, until they intertwine with other instruments and further synths, giving the track a hazy undertone. Fluent percussion and ethereal motions in the background keep the verses interesting, together with providing conflict to the more rigorous, bass-driven chorus. The excellence in the track come in the use of vocals. There is a stirring mix of vocal arrangements used, notably to gateway the chorus, as a pitchy scream depletes into a boost adding to the fervency of the message, while the contrasting pitch in the voices bridging the first chorus and second verse together enforces a clever unease. The track does have a strange feel to it, but I think this enhances its brilliance – it makes you think a bit deeper about the message of the song, and why this smart producer has added such an assortment of smart details.

By Eleanor Chivers

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Deerhunter – Fading Frontier Review

Deerhunter are an American rock band from Atlanta, Georgia, formed in 2001 consisting of Bradford Cox, Moses Archuleta, Lockett Pundt and Josh McKay. Now on their seventh full length album Deerhunter have just released ‘Fading Frontier’, in which guitarist, vocalist and front man Cox has drawn upon a variety of influences from Pedro Almodovar, Tom Petty and ‘Life’s Rich Pageant’ era R.E.M. However, its arguably the car accident, that left him with a broken pelvis and jaw, in ‘incredible’ pain and on anti depressants, that put him into a deep depression whilst simultaneously reshaping his ideas of home and security, that have been Cox’s biggest influence.

Fading Fronteir is Deerhunter’s most uplifting, pop infused album to date consisting of 9 tracks that cover just over 36 minutes of relaxed, melodic sounds. Throughout the album it is often awash with glossy synths, uplifting melodies and ambiguous lyrics often seemingly surrounding the notion that happiness often seems to vanish. The opener ‘All The Same’ showcases a relaxed and smooth sound whilst offering up inspirationally homely lyrics such as – “Take your handicaps, channel them and feed them back until they become your strengths”. Tracks such as ‘Duplex Planet’ and ‘Breaker’ submerge themselves in smooth synths with ‘Take Care’ offering up chiming guitars flowing through the air, with a certain low-lit demeanor accompanying it. Although on the whole there is a somewhat uplifting melodic feel to the whole album, this is all relative, there are certainly more soaring melodies here than on their previous album ‘Monomania’ tracks such as ‘Leather and Wood’ offering dissonant piano sounds, flickers of agitated guitars and crawling tempo give a more intimate melancholic feel to the track than on others. Throughout the album there are enough straight fowardly commercial-sounding tracks that could turn Deerhunter from cult icon to mainstream success. The sprightly guitars and general feel of the album seem to fit into the commercial/chart category that will appeal to the masses, with not much to separate itself from other acts of the rock/indie genre.

Overall the album offers a well-produced, melodic sound (if perhaps a little to commercial and ‘safe’) that has the potential to reach the masses and impact commercially.

Deerhunter – Fading Frontier = 7/10

Matthew Kay

Georgia – Georgia Review

Georgia Barnes is a 21 year old multi instrumentalist from North London, and has just released her self titled debut album Georgia, which was written, recorded and produced over a two year period in her home studio. No big deal, right?

I remember an FKA twigs interview on radio 1 a while ago where twigs made a point of explaining the difference between the entertainment business and the music business. The entertainment business is a world of people who look the part and who can sing. These people are then given songs and lyrics by extremely talented individuals, but that don’t look a certain way or fit in. (Ed Sheeran is a brilliant example of someone who used to contribute massively to the music industry behind the scenes, but now works in the spotlight) Now the difference between entertainment and music is evident through the creatives that hold the music industry together. These people are creatives like Georgia Barnes, who sit and slave away at self made projects because they know what they’re capable of, and people like Georgia are an absolute credit to the music industry.
Georgia’s album is a combination of electronica, heavy beats and a shit load of random sounds that work stupidly well but shouldn’t. In other words, it’s a work of art.
For the first track on the album “Kombine” Georgia samples a Pakistani Qawwali mixtape given to her by a taxi driver. It’s fast paced and gives us a glimpse of what we can expect later on. It also undoubtedly has some heartbreak lyricism alongside the heavily layered instrumentation. A perfect start. “Nothing solutions” is a track that incorporates a lot of vocals that border on spoken word, and at the same time there’s still a lot of singing in there, the balance is perfect. The track has plenty of layers, it’s got a fast tempo and it’s somewhat dark but playful at the same time.
One thing that struck me as gripping about this album is that a lot of the same musical techniques are used, and you’d think that would create a very similar sound throughout the albums entirety but it actually does the opposite. Every track is individual, yet overly layered, and there isn’t a strong vocal presence at all especially with tracks like “hold it” which are all about the quirky instrumentation. “Digits” has a slightly more structured beginning and is my favourite song from the album. I like how evident the melody is from the onset, and there isn’t as much going on other than this downwards climbing synth sound and Georgia’s vocals. Then comes the next track “tell me about it”.
Her vocals are the most prominent feature of this song, with stronger dynamics than the other layers. One unquestionable factor about Georgia is that she knows the value of Dynamics in good music.
“Move systems” is another really busy track. It has an opening that shouldn’t fit, but does, and it sounds like it’s been heavily influenced by MIA’s music. This wouldn’t be a surprise as Georgia had actually backed for MIA at one of her shows in the past. There’s something really obscure about this song, and I think it lies within the song’s metaphorical lyrics. The percussion is fantastic, a really fast, heavy beat that provides an absolute contrast for the next song on the album which is a lot more relaxed and melodic. “Heart wrecking animals” is another one of my favourites, I love the guitar riffs alongside the synth and I love how much influence Georgia’s vocals have on this track. There’s a real melody here unlike some of the other tracks on the album, and the instrumentation is a great deal softer. “You were holding me like an animal, it was never real from the start.” This line suggests to me that the reason for the minimalism is to fit in with the softer lyrics, that apparently have a heartfelt meaning behind them.
I’m really looking forward to hearing what this girl is going to produce next, she’s set the bar incredibly high for herself with this album but I have no doubt in my mind that she can top it.
Georgia – Georgia = 8.5/10
Hannah Crowe