London-based singer/songwriter, Georgia Maria, recently released ‘Won’t You?’, the final single from her brand new EP Only One Another. Recorded with award-winning producer Dax Liniere, ‘Won’t You?’ is Georgia Maria in a nutshell. Progressive, melodic, accomplished, exceptional. The track is another prime example of the sort of genre-bending tunes that we just simply love at Indie Top 39, as Maria blends elements of classic folk with gritty, soulful rock, and compliments her sound with a voice that is captivating, sincere, and soul-piercing. A face-melting guitar solo leads the track out – and just leaves the listener wanting more.
The musician has been compared to the likes of PJ Harvey, Grace Slick, and Fleetwood Mac-era Stevie Nicks. Pretty good company if you ask me! Known for her captivating and high-energy live shows, we have a sneaky suspicion that 2022 could well be the year of Georgia Maria.
‘Won’t You?’ is simply exceptional. Unique, fresh, melodic, and full-on! Hats off to Georgia Maria.Indie top 39
What does the song mean to you?
‘Won’t You?’ is an almost decade-in-the-making song. The earliest version came to be all the way back in 2012! Many years later, during a time when my aspirations as a songwriter had almost slipped away into obscurity, I threw the song into a handful of covers sets without mentioning that it was mine. The reactions this revealing little bit of subterfuge repeatedly generated played a major role in convincing me to get back on the horse and start performing my own material. In a very real sense: without this song, I would not be Georgia Maria.
Tell us about your creative process and how the song came to be?
This song was originally 6 and a half minutes long… at least! Mercifully my “prog epic” phase is probably at an end, so the song got a good makeover in the summer of 2019 before I took it to the studio. I create excessively slowly – brick by brick, word by word – and incorporate my love for reverse-engineering my favourite songs in an analytical sense, bringing everything I’ve learned to the table to express whatever I want to express.
Who do you hope the song resonates with the most?
The song is an exploration of the darker parts of a psyche subjected to a lifetime of isolation, rejection and abandonment – and to a greater or lesser degree, that’s all of us. My purpose in writing these words was to lay bare some of the thoughts and feelings, the sense of being inherently cursed, that people tend to imagine are unique to them but are unspoken human universals. We’ve all been put through it this year and I hope that anybody feeling like damaged goods in any way can hang on in there knowing that they’re not alone and it will pass.
What do you want to achieve in the next 12 months with your music?
I’ve just put a band together and I’m very much looking forward to playing a bunch of gigs together over the next year – it’s been a long time coming! I’m also sitting on a lot of new songs so there’ll be a lot of recording and releasing throughout 2022. The ideal outcome of the next year for me would be to connect with a group of people who find that we have what they’ve been looking for in a band, who love the songs and the live shows, and want to be a part of this journey with us as we grow and develop from the ground up.
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