I’ve recently discovered Georgia Ruth through a friend of mine. I was jaw dropped and whisked away with her bitter-sweet melodies that just leave you twirling around in a state of tranquillity. This is her debut record Week of Pines and let me tell you why you have to hear it!
Born in Aberystwyth (Pronounced: A-ber-wrist-with), Wales and moved in Cardiff later on her life. Week of Pines was release in 2013 and won of the Welsh Music Prize, Kind of a big deal to quote Ron Burgandy, and achieved further success as she was nominated in the BBC 2 Folk Awards in 2013. Georgia has performed at numerous stages at festivals including Glastonbury, SWN Festival, GreenMan Festival. She is classically trained but inspired by much wider influential sounds.
A Harpist, but also plays the piano, reed organ and bells, (all of which are on her album) who infuses the great alternative modern sounds of much adorned artists such as Regina Spektor, Joni Mitchell with the genres much more historic legacy thus creating a heart-warming trademark Alternative Folk sound woven with her divine voice that submerses you with controlled raw power in both English and her native Welsh dialectal. Week of Pines is an album full of intelligent and glorious story telling which if you were to visualize would be that perfect glorious sunshine creeping from behind the horizon on a perfect summers morning. Take opening same-titled track Week of Pines which starts building with faintly heard synths sounding like a unknown spaceship peacefully landing and keep whirling throughout.
The opening lyric for the album, “It starts of with a slience, with a growing need sound” which is perfect introduction to the album as the album grows with confidence and grandeur. The album is about being heart broken and longing after the person you miss, which express her beautiful and soft spoken words without the need to use of blow-the-roof vocals that Adele would use or the ‘I don’t need men’ attitude of someone like Pink and still expresses her loss with the same amount of conviction and richness that a few artists have achieved.
The album sees Georgia explore her all of her influences, ‘Codi Angor’ allows the Reed Organ a nod to traditional folk, stripped back from the modern influences and shows off the mystical wonder that Folk allows. Mapping demonstrates her clever lyrical prowess with the line, “I’ve got your name carved into my tongue, every time I go to speak.” Whilst Old Blue drops a harmonica nicely into the mix giving a smooth Americana Folk sound that transcends well across both sides of the Atlantic.
Ultimately this is an album that is chilled, magically enchanting, and full of harmonious melodies that challenges and wins in changing in re-defining what your perception of Folk is.
Richard Samuel |