By Maria Arroyo
London artist Georgia is releasing her album Seeking Thrills on all social media platforms and media on January 10th
Seeking Thrills opening song “About Work The Dancefloor” is a great introduction to artist Georgia for someone listening to her work for the first time. There was so much energy in the backing track, lyrics, and deliverance of the vocals. She also had great musical moments with the use of delayed harmonies and vocals with some synth and strong percussion.
This party like pop and EDM infused style is pretty iconic in terms of the album as a whole. There is an impressive use of delayed harmonies and vocals with folk-influenced percussion with a lot of synths. This song and “The Thrill” (feat. Maurice) had strong influences pulled from the mid to late eighties hits from artists like Madonna or Kate Bush. The blend of these 80s inspired patterns with a current spin on it absolutely added to the radio potential of the song.
“Never Let You Go” and “Till I Own It” are similar in their infectiously catchy choruses that made for such a nice listen. The synth arrangement for both songs was also very strong and executed very well. The harmonies in “Till I Own It” is my favorite of the album because of their catchy motifs and how well their placement was within the song. “24 Hour” gives the album a nice change with the use of a male voice to break up her sound, while not compromising her party-like vibe. Just like in “Till I Own It” the harmonies are exceptionally well done and really were thought out all the way to really make sure the song could be the best it can.
Georgia keeps with her high energy inspired song throughout the album, but is 100% represented in “I Can’t Wait” and “Ray Guns.” Strangely enough, I got some K-pop influences that really drew me to this song that was reflected in the vocal style and the use of the higher frequencies in the synth. That, along with her British accent is such a unique sound in the best of ways!
At this point, “Ray Guns” became the one I was most drawn to because of the title and then how well-executed the song was. At first, I thought “who in the world would name a song ‘Ray Guns’???” But hey, you never know what you might find! This was the most infections catchy song of the album, which made her unique EDM and world mix sound grow more on me.
“Mellow” (Feat. Shygirl) changed the direction of the album AGAIN with this Skrillex-like sound that was borderline almost too different for what I thought the album should be, but she brought it back in with her staple moments of floaty and airy like vocals among other things. While this was finally something different for the album, it felt too robotic in a way in terms of the structure and of the song and the deliverance both instrumental and vocal. The lyrics themselves were different from the rest, but in a way that stood out as something too different. This song had potential in that it was different musically, but I felt this song was just a chorus that was played on loop for 3 or so minutes until it was over, with the only exception being in the bridge and the spoken word section.
“Feel It” continued with that dominant EDM sound in the percussion while Ultimate Sailor uses this tone shifter that modulates the chords in the more intriguing and unexpected way, and yet was so pleasing to my ears. The latter song also had the most unique ending to the album because it was so haunting and, yet captivating.
“Honey Dripping Sky” brings us the end of the album. This was my favorite titled song so I had some pretty high expectations… and I was NOT disappointed!
This song felt darker, more real and raw than the others. It was haunting in both the instrumentation and vocals and such a great and seamless transition from soft to a blended sound with her favorite synth and EDM choices. Seeing that she could have both a softer side that gets woven into her party pop EDM sound really made her more diverse than she initially portrayed. When it came to showing how diverse she is as an artist, she fell short of my expectations.
Overall, the album was cohesive in terms of style and fluidity and really showed her strengths as an artist. If there was anything I could change? I would have either brought “Honey Dripping Sky” closer to the middle of the album or substituted one of the other similar-sounding songs for an entirely new one with similar energy to “Honey Dripping Sky.”
After listening to the album in its entirety, I realized that my comments were extremely similar from song to song, so I wish there was a little more diversity in the arrangement or mixing of the songs to showcase the different parts of her artistry. She definitely showcases what she does well, but doesn’t take a chance in changing the direction BECAUSE of how she’s good at this one thing in particular.
Georgia, I challenge you to push yourself in ways you didn’t think possible because I truly believe you will inspire and explode outside your current situation, and I look forward to that.