|Georgia Fair — Trapped Flame (2013)|
Georgia Fair — Trapped Flame
Originally formed: in Sydney, Australia in 2006
Location: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Genres: Blues, Folk, Country, Rock
Album release: 16 August/18 October, 2013
Record Label: Sony Music Entertainment
01 Gloria 3:42
02 Love Free Me 2:59
03 Coming Back 5:03
04 Are We Not Alive 3:39
05 The River 3:31
06 Fiery Night 4:12
07 Old Friend 4:58
08 Plain Girls 4:38
09 Trapped Flame 4:45
10 Broken Wings 4:57
11 Someday Soon 3:37
12 Wrong Side 2:37
℗ 2013 Sony Music Entertainment Australia Pty Ltd
♦♦♦ The pair has since recorded their second LP in Los Angeles, California with producer Ted Hutt entitled "Trapped Flame". Set for release on 18 October 2013, the first single from the album 'Love Free Me' was released on 16 August 2013.
♦♦♦ Jordan Wilson
♦♦♦ Ben Riley
BY AVRILLE BYLOK-COLLARD; Joined: 15th August 2012
Best Track: The River
♦♦♦ It hasn’t been that long since Georgia Fair featured on the racks of our favourite record stores with their debut LP All Through Winter. Trapped Flame, their second album since their formation in 2006, sees the Sydney-formed and Melbourne-based band mature their blend of charming folk, country, rock and blues with the help of producer Ted Hutt (Gaslight Anthem, Old Crow Medicine Show, Dropkick Murphys).
♦♦♦ Trapped Flame opens with Gloria, a blues-infused number where vocalist Jordan Wilson’s husky vocals resemble an austere '60s ballad, setting the tone of the album. ♦♦♦ Second track Love Me Free livens up the album with its infectious rhythm and rocking rifts, while Coming Back creates a morose atmosphere with its tender melodies and raw vocals. Are We Not Alive may be the closest track that resembles the band’s previous works, with its contagious lyrics and sweet, upbeat tone.
♦♦♦ Fifth track Fiery Night returns to the blues-imbued sound Trapped Flame appears to adopt, while The River creates a metamorphic interpretation of water with its dipping crescendos and decrescendos that mimic the movement of water. Old Friends sees vocalist Jordan Wilson return to his husky ballads over a minimalistic, but poignant, piano composition; following tracks Plain Girls and Trapped Flame see the duo adopt their folk roots with fluttering guitar and poetic lyrics while Broken Wings drives the album forward to its conclusive tracks: Someday Soon and Wrong Side. Overall, Trapped Flame is a complex album that sees Georgia Fair mature into a fine young band that refine what they know and do it well. (http://www.beat.com.au/)
REVIEW: GEORGIA FAIR ‘TRAPPED FLAME’
Published November 8th 2013
Also: Natalie Salvo: :: http://www.fasterlouder.com.au/reviews/music/30858/Georgia-Fair--All-Through-Winter
Agent: Brett Murrihy:
♦♦♦ Georgia Fair’s acclaimed debut album “All through winter" was produced by Bill Reynolds(Band of horses) in North Carolina, to record their second album “Trapped Flame" they headed to East West Studios in LA to work with Ted Hutt (Gaslight Anthem, Old crow medicine show, Dropkick Murphys) They’d considered several producers but as lead singer Jordan Wilson explains “It was clear that we felt drawn back to America to continue exploring this vast musical landscape where many of our heroes emerged".
♦♦♦ Georgia Fair started life in high school. Jordan remembers a bright faced kid coming up to him after drama class in grade 8. Ben Riley had a big smile and seemed set that they would become friends; “he'd got word that I played guitar and was talking up the Nirvana record".
♦♦♦ It wasn’t long before they were jamming every weekend in the basement of Ben's home, playing every song that they loved and listening intently to their favourite artists, spinning yarns about how they would escape it all one day. “When we finished school it became clear that we didn't want to do anything else but play and write music; recording demos in a mate's attic and trying to get gigs wherever we could in Sydney. ♦♦♦ Finally we actually mustered the courage to share our music with the outside world — a phobia that taunted us throughout high school" adds Jordan.
♦♦♦ Recording their debut album “All through winter" with Bill Reynolds (bass player in Band of Horses) in North Carolina was the fast track to cutting their teeth in the studio. ♦♦♦ They couldn't have asked for a better way to learn the ins and outs of making truthful music that they felt so passionate about, than from a man who had seen it all and was gracious enough to share his wisdom. “It’s once in a blue moon that I come across a group with such great harmonies and great songs. I knew I had to find a way to work with them." — Bill Reynolds, Band of Horses.
♦♦♦ The shape of their new album 'Trapped Flame" began to form when they went up to Mangrove Mountain to finish off some demo’s in mid-2012, a couple of months before heading over to LA. “It was a very productive and poignant time; we ended up leaving with some of the final tracks that made the record ('Fiery Night’, 'Someday Soon’ and 'Plain Girls) says Jordan.
♦♦♦ They also came away with a very clear vision of how they wanted the record to come together sonically. “We wanted it to be more bare bones, minimal instrumentation but whatever is laid down takes a position; it has to be there for a reason" guitarist Ben Riley explains.
♦♦♦ On arrival in LA they drove around for the first couple of days with Ted Hutt, getting used to a place they weren’t familiar with and getting to know their new producer. Ted had a Tom Waits box set in the car, which became the soundtrack as they drove around and dropped into some of Ted’s regular haunts for food or coffee, all the while talking philosophy and about their favourite records. “Ted immediately felt right; he was very open, he let us in and we reciprocated. This opened up all possibilities and ended up being a key component in successfully capturing the sound and feel of this record" recalls Ben.
♦♦♦ Pre-production was brief but intense. At first it was just the three of them, playing through the song’s and discussing ideas — Ted was all about finding “the corners" of the record, which songs fit where. They then brought in Steve Sidelnyk on drums (PJ Harvey) and Jonny Flaugher on bass (Ryan Adams) “They’d never met before but gelled instantly; establishing another key component of the record — Steve and Johnny became our engine room".
♦♦♦ The recording of the record took place at East West Studio on Sunset Boulevard; laying down the drums, bass, piano and guitars, jamming live in studio B. “the very same studio where the “Pet Sounds" album was born" enthuses Ben. Once most of the tracking was down at East West they set up at Kingsize Soundlabs in Echo Park, where they started laying down vocals, overdubs and finally mixing the record.
♦♦♦ One of the main reasons they were drawn to work with Ted Hutt was his ability to capture the vocal; “We loved the way he’d mixed the Old Crow Medicine Show record and where he’d placed everything in the mix; nothing was fighting for its place" explains Ben.
♦♦♦ “the thing we particularly like about some of our favourite records is the way they evoke a vision of the artist in the studio laying it down". They wanted to capture a great performance — it had to feel real and of the moment.
♦♦♦ The guitar treatment on the album was also going to be very important. Ted is definitely all about the song, but he also has a love of the guitar — he’s great guitarist himself. Ben used a ton of gear — pedals, tape delays, reverb tanks and amps (including the Gemini from the Elliott Smith sessions which Ben ended up using almost exclusively). Jordon played a beautiful Fender Princeton (a bit of a Neil Young special).
♦♦♦ "On our spare days we would head to San Francisco hopping between the speakeasies of union square, driving down Highway 1 to Big Sur and checking out the Henry Miller Memorial Library but Catching Dylan at the Hollywood Bowl on my birthday was truly one of the most inspiring things we experienced" says Ben
“But the day-to-day drives around town with Ted listening to Tom Waits and exchanging stories set the tone and backdrop to this record and made it possible for us to fully realise the vision we had when we arrived in LA to record Trapped Flame“ adds Jordan.
♦♦♦ Georgia Fair is Jordan Wilson, vocals and acoustic guitar and Ben Riley, guitars and harmony vocals; they are Sydney born and raised but now based in Melbourne.
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