Georgia Fair is Jordan Wilson and Ben Riley
the bell catches up with Jordan Wilson of Georgia Fair to talk about their debut album All Through Winter being released tomorrow, Friday the twenty first of October.
The lanterns outline two figures set against the darkness picking a delicate melody across the strings that continues in time until the harmony comes to a crescendo, there’s the hover of a cymbal and it ends.
There was a moment’s delay and then the crowd began to clap. Softly at first, too afraid the noise would shake them from their mesmerized daze into reality.
This is how it was listening to Georgia Fair play on their ‘Marianne, hold me now’ tour with Daniel Lee Kendall. A few jokes here and there and the push and pull of emotions when you move from the charms of an old favourite like Something Easy to the haunting melodies of tracks like Marianne.
Georgia Fair’s first EP was released late 2009, with the second to follow a year later and now their debut album All Through Winter to be released this Friday the twenty second of October.
Though it feels as if Georgia Fair has been around for years and even if they’ve only just been released their songs take on a place as classics from the very beginning.
‘Sometimes it feels like I’m really new at this but then I think about it and we’ve been playing our way around for a good few years now and since we were really young.’
Jordan is down to earth about the band’s success, their recent tour with the Panics and the chance to work with Bill Reynolds of Band of Horses.
‘You don’t really expect these things, but now that we’ve done it its such an honour and you don’t take stuff for granted, we want to play with as many people as possible.’
All Through Winter was recorded in Asheville, Texas. Home to snow capped mountains and Bill Reynolds, the bassist of arguably one of the best bands in America Band Of Horses.
Brown leather jacket, thick black rims and that typical texan facial hair, watching an interview of Reynolds at the Grammys he’s the kind of guy who’s down to earth, grateful for the music and what he does.
Something Georgia Fair saw firsthand,
‘He’s a really laid back dude, really funny you wouldn’t know he toured the world constantly. He’s such an interesting guy too – he has so many stories, he used to hang out with Willie Nelson, we’re always learning from him.’
After having played with Band of Horses for nearly a decade and having produced records for the likes of folk songstress Lissie to fellow band member Tyler Ramsey, Reynolds is no doubt experienced.
‘We had a few producers in the mix and we were lucky enough that he had the time, we had a few phone calls and then we were on a flight to America. We loved his band so much and the records he’s produced, we sent him a few of our demos and I guess that’s also why he agreed to work with us, he liked our demos a lot.’
And as far as a setting to record their debut album, Asheville sounded beautiful.
‘We went for a lot of walks in Asheville, in the mountains, we were living in a pretty beautiful spot, a little cottage close to the mountains so there were sights all around us.’
Though this might be mistaken as the inspiration behind the album title. All Through Winter makes more of an allusion to the writing process during the lead up to their stay in America.
‘It encapsulates a lot of things, that’s [All Through Winter] a lyric from one of the songs called Time and the songs a bit dark. As we were writing this record it felt like we were going through a bit of a grind – it’s a bit of a metaphor I guess, a record for the times we’ve been going through to get this record out.’
This is a feeling reflected in the ‘alter ego’ portraits of their album cover and translates through to nostalgia of the record, characteristic of Georgia Fair’s music.
‘That’s one of those things I never really seem to be able to get away from, it’s not that I want to but I write a lot about nostalgia because I get these images in my head of times that have been, or times that have may have been… I like to embrace it, there’s a beauty in it.’
Most apparent in the track Time that appears further into the record, a subtle song that seemed to come together flawlessly,
‘They’re all special in their different way though one of my favourite moments is the song Time because we stripped it right back, and there’s really beautiful atmospherics on there that ben put on with his guitar. It was really one of those special moments in the studio where we were all working on it together and it ended up being a really great track.’
Georgia Fair’s debut album All Through Winter is an extension of their well-formed melodies and breathtaking harmonies, which at last showcases their songs in one extended sitting.
All Through Winter is released tomorrow across Itunes and music stores Australia wide.