‘Little Prophecy’ is the delicate and mellow new offering from Somerset-based singer/songwriter and fingerstyle guitarist Ali George. The song comes from George’s upcoming album Watchful Days and features his distinctive intricate guitar work, along with his intimate and rich vocals. Greatly inspired by Greek mythology, ‘Little Prophecy’ sees the song’s narrator being warned of his lover’s ulterior motives. “But someone said she’s a little too good to be true, you wanna watch out or she’ll make trouble for you”.
George cites Bon Iver (who else) and the late John Martyn as being profound influences on his sound, though it’s artists like Nick Drake and Yusuf Islam that the musician has seen himself being compared to. I’d like to throw Peter Gabriel into that mix. There’s a hint of the Genesis frontman’s vocals in George’s voice. It’s a voice that we at Indie Top 39 cannot wait to hear more of!
Intimate, delicate, and rich, ‘Little Prophecy’ shows Ali George at his guitar-picking, soul-stirring best! INDIE TOP 39
What does the song mean to you?
Writing this song was a very cathartic experience for me. The specific personal experience that ‘Little Prophecy’ focuses on was something that I had never written about, even a decade after the events. For me, writing about this experience was a moment of confession and release.
Tell us about your creative process and how the song came to be.
These days I almost always start a song by first discovering a new guitar tuning to experiment with. After I have the feel of the tuning I improvise until an idea emerges. This is also what I did with ‘Little Prophecy’. I tend to produce the vocal melody long before the lyrics. Sometimes the first lyric emerges from these improvisations, but very often I won’t even start writing the lyrics for weeks. I wrote the lyrics for this one quite quickly. They were flowing nicely, as I recall, although I remember getting stuck on the third verse for a while!
When did you realise that music is what you wanted to do?
When I was in my first band Mental Lightening at the age of ten! By the time we were fourteen, we were performing (illegally) in bars and pubs, and absolutely loving the thrill of being onstage! It was a rock/metal band, and we were obsessed with getting famous!
What do you want to achieve in the next 12 months with your music?
I am extremely interested in sync placement. My goal is to get my music into films and TV. My label had to close during the pandemic, so I’m on the lookout for a new publisher. I want to have at least one of my compositions scheduled to feature in something by the end of this period.