Hot on the heels of her sold-out Royal Exchange show for the release of the single Old Frend, Newcastle’s Georgina Grimshaw is gearing up to launch her sophomore EP, Aster Amellus this weekend.
In the language of flowers, the Aster flower is one that symbolises a farewell or departure, and while the songs contained in this collection deal with such themes and this EP certainly carries the scars of separation, the loss of friends, rumours and frailty.
However, the music is imbued with a definite sense of optimism that is impossible to ignore.
The six songs on Aster Amellus have a more expansive sound than those on Café Corner, bringing in full-band textures that contrast with the sweet sparseness of her debut. Produced by Ryan Collings, the release speaks to Georgina’s acoustic folk leanings.
“Musically, it has a lot more going on,” Georgina said.
“This is a big thing for me as well because for a long time I was hesitant to do anything more than a voice and a guitar. I also challenged myself vocally and gained more confidence in myself as a singer from the recording process.”
The opening track, I Remember, explores Georgina’s friendship with her brother, capturing all the fun times they had together when they were young.
Aunta Becca is a song guaranteed to move even the most jaded of listeners. The song emerged when Grimshaw’s aunt was diagnosed with breast cancer – an illness she has since beaten.
Sunday is crafted from raw emotion and speaks of the realisation that certain people care more about the concept of a person’s soul, rather than the person themselves.
Old Friend, the lead single off the EP, is a big middle finger to all of the hard times. It conveys how she has accepted and moved forward from the situation, setting herself free.
Nothing to Hide is about Grimshaw’s acceptance of her changing religious beliefs and personal growth.
The final track, Green Light, tells the story of two people struggling to find balance between self-acceptance & their religion.
Georgina Grimshaw will play all the tracks and more, in full band mode, at the Small Ballroom on Saturday 28 September with support from Lilli Crane and Sandy Louise.
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