I’m currently venturing out into the ‘unknown’ from my own standard tastes of rock/alternative/indie/pop music for a change. I’m not a musical expert, but I do enjoy the odd variety occasionally. Too much exposure can make your tastes go stale (in general).
A refreshing perspective in the indie/pop genre is Georgia Fields.
My first impressions of Georgia (or do I refer to her in a surname format as Fields?) when I tuned into a random track of hers Moon To Dust, I did the cliche thing and tried to compare her with any artist that performs a similar style of music. The first ‘household’ artist that popped in my head was former Australian Idol contestant, Lisa Mitchell.
But I try my absolute best not to do a comparison, because I can lead to biased thoughts, and if the artist is trying NOT to be them and I get the comparison so incorrect, it’ll be embarrassing on my behalf.
The tracks I listened to for this review are currently available on her MySpace site. One Finger oozes out as pleasant melody, especially the break down in the middle of the song. It reminded me of what it would be like if Radiohead went Folk, and it pays off.
Georgia’s rendition of Guns N Roses’s Sweet Child Of Mine is a reminder that you can turn one person’s alcohol and drug-related poetry, and turn it into fairy bread so kids can digest it. I hope that comes off as polite… it’s meant to be a compliment! The beauty is that it was recorded in front of a live audience, so you can hear their enthusiasm and enjoyment of adding extra folk elements to a song that is known to be stuck on replay at a bogan rock pub juke box. Glockenspiel enthusiasts would be proud.
You can hear the dedication and passion in Little Vices, which comes across as quite a delicate piece to perform. It’s beautifully received and for some reason I felt all light and fluffy towards the end. It may have been the harp playing…
However, if light and fluffy only holds you for a little bit, Drama On The High Seas Of Emotion will keep you grounded. As the song name describes, it is a heavier song that gives out aggression, but still being polite at the same time.
You can hear and feel Georgia Fields’s craftwork around her tunes/performances, which shows that she’s not in it because she knows how to play an instrument or 3, but her heart is in it too.
Give her a shot… it’ll be refreshing for you.