Georgia Fields’ postcard-perfect pop combines the astral with the ordinary, earning her a reputation as one of Melbourne’s brightest independent singer-songwriters.
In her eclectic career to date Fields has played hundreds of shows – from performance art installations in tiny shopfront windows, to some of Australia's premier music festivals. She has collaborated with a string quintet from the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (for Melbourne Music Week 2013), appeared on television’s RocKwiz alongside living legend Normie Rowe, and sang a duet with Godfather of Grunge Kim Salmon on the Queenscliff Music Festival main stage. Whether flying solo, backed by her rock-solid rhythm section, or robed in Hollywood strings – Fields’ pop smarts shines through.
Fields is preparing to release a new mini-album, recorded live at Newmarket Studios with The Andromeda String Quartet. Afloat, Adrift evokes a sonic landscape that is equal parts elegant and ethereal, where Fields’ timeless song-craft collides with Andromeda's artfully pristine accompaniment. Part chamber-folk, part art-pop, Fields’ imaginative string arrangements are matched only by her virtuosity as a vocalist – swiftly darting from goose-bump intimate to a commanding, war-cry wail. Afloat, Adrift is due for release Friday 10 November.
Earlier this year Fields was awarded a grant from The Australia Council to embark on a national tour with DIY art-pop melodist Phia. The Sky and Sea Tour saw these two unique artists lend their distinctive sound to each other's material in a one-off, fully-collaborative live show – accompanying one another on everything from kalimba to casio, electric guitar to tambourine.
In 2016 Fields released her long-awaited second album Astral Debris. Produced in collaboration with acclaimed electronic artist Tim Shiel (Spirit Level; Gotye; Bertie Blackman), the album was awarded four stars by The Age who declared, "Georgia Fields dreams in fantastic Technicolor". The Herald Sun jumped on the bandwagon, heralding the album as "her finest, most expansive work yet." Ambitious, boldly orchestrated and emotionally rich, Astral Debris is glitter and grunt; shimmer and sweat; lipstick and blood.
Fields first made her mark on the Melbourne music scene in 2007, with her independently released EP Drama on the High Seas of Emotion. Each cover was hand-made from a vintage Little Golden Book, and Fields soon sold out of three re-pressings. A string of festival shows followed, and in 2010 Fields was awarded a grant from Arts Victoria to produce her first full-length album, featuring lush orchestral arrangements and a 15-piece ensemble of strings, brass, woodwind, tuned percussion, and even the percussive whirr of a cordless drill. The self-titled Georgia Fields LP was released to critical acclaim, being named Album of the Week for ABC Radio National and Melbourne’s Beat Magazine.
As an arranger, Fields has composed orchestral accompaniment for many esteemed Australian artists, including ARIA-award winning vocalist Anthony Callea, triple j darling Olympia, and country-soul goddess Suzannah Espie. In 2014, Fields re-imagined David Bowie's seminal Ziggy Stardust... album for string quartet and voice, and was subsequently invited to perform her visionary re-working live as part of ACMI's 'David Bowie Is' exhibition. In 2016 Fields made her debut as film composer with her first original score for feature-length documentary Winter at Westbeth (dir. Rohan Spong), which had a cinematic release in Australia and New Zealand, as well as screening at Sydney Film Festival, MIFF, ACMI, and the prestigious DOC NYC festival.