Georgia is the eponymous debut album by 25 year old multi-instrumentalist, producer and songwriter Georgia Barnes. Born and raised in north west London, the last few years have seen Georgia steadily establish herself as an important fixture in the city’s most singular and imaginative artistic circles, before emerging as an irresistible creative force in her own right with last year’s Come In EP.
Raised in a deeply musical household, Georgia first began to play the drums as a child before gradually progressing into a musician of prodigious ability and range by the time she reached her late teens. Written, performed and produced by Barnes in its entirety and recorded in her own home-studio, Georgia is the product of two years of obsessive work then, but also a young lifetime of voracious music listening. A bold, boundless 21st century amalgam, it is an opening statement that marks her out as an immaculate curator, distinctive songwriter of real spirit and self-taught producer of soulful, progressive and highly-defined electronic pop.
Talking to Barnes is to immediately unearth an almost bottomlessly deep well of knowledge and enthusiasm and as such Georgia’s influences are united more in ethos than aesthetic, with the fiercely independent, pioneering spirit of artists such as Missy Elliot, MIA and Karin Dreijer Andersson all evident in the record’s twelve genre-busting, confrontational and globally minded tracks. Listening to the record, it almost feels like Barnes is trying to directly communicate the sense of wonder and possibility she encounters upon her own personal listening journey.