Georgia has just revealed a new live album is on the way, recorded in collaboration with The Andromeda String Quartet.
Inspired by their concert at Northcote Uniting Church earlier this year, Fields and her quartet walked into Newmarket Studios in North Melbourne and tracked 7 songs in just over 5 hours, capturing new 'strings' versions of material spanning her 10 year career. Afloat, Adrift is due for release in November 2017.
"It was SUCH a thrill to record live", Georgia says. "There is that added pressure to 'get it right'... but inversely there is a special kind of magic that materialises when you have a group of people assembled in the one place, listening and reacting and resonating together in real time, dancing ever so gently within the notes."
Fields enlisted audio engineer Callum Barter to record and mix the album. Due to the live nature of the project Barter was the obvious choice, having worked on the live sound for Fields' mini-indie-orchestra shows for several years. (And Barter's list of artist credentials are impressive: from homegrown talents such as Courtney Barnett, Saskwatch and You Am I, to U.S's Kurt Vile and UK's Sampha.)
Afloat, Adrift evokes a sonic landscape that is equal parts elegant and ethereal, where Fields’ timeless pop charm 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. The Andromeda String Quartet is: Natasha Conrau (violin), Ruby Paskas (violin), Susanna Ling (viola), and Charlotte Jacke ('cello).
Georgia and Andromeda launch Afloat, Adrift at Kew Court House on Saturday 11 November - tickets on sale now.