ALBUM REVIEW: George Maple – Lover
George Maple is one of Australia’s leading electronic-pop artists who has some massive RNB-electronic tracks and collaborations with DJ Snake, Tkay Maidza and What So Not under her belt. The songstress is no stranger to the touring circuit playing some of Australia’s biggest festivals as well as headlining clubs shows and is about to join Lorde on her massive Australian tour. She has finally released her debut album “Lover” which is an impressive 20 track collection of dark electronic pop that dabbles with RNB and soul influences. It’s more than just a RNB-pop album, its a concept record that explores the different sides and emotions of love. The tracks are broken up with interludes that include voice notes, interviews and comments about love. It really helps to visually bring this story to life and offer a different emotional vulnerability. The record begins with the gritty RNB influenced dance tracks “Sticks & Horses” and “Romancandy” which have a sultrier sound to them and are filled with attitude. She then gets a bit vulnerable on the RNB-soul influenced “Pain”. It has this emotional side with BDSM imagery which plays on the sultrier angle that the start of the album cements.
There are quite a few collaborations on the album which bring the heavier dance and hip-hop elements like “Buried” and “Sweeter Than I”. While “Where You End And I Begin” delivers groovy synths and a more pop influence that perfectly represents the second half of the record. Title track “Lover” is a synth pop track and the perfect centre piece of this record as it introduces the vulnerable side to her persona. “I don’t wanna run around, for you. Lover, what have you done to me”. Lead single “Hero” remains as one of my favourite tracks on this record because of that reason. It’s pulsating synths and raw honesty has such a empowerful feeling to it. She then gets a bit more intimate on “Hold Me By The Waist” and delivers a beautiful and unique cover of the Jeff Buckley song “Everybody Here Wants You” before offering the underrated banger “Kryptonite” which deserved more justice on the charts. The album then takes a soul direction with the forgettable “Slow Dancing” and the vocal experimental “Like You Used To”. Perfectly closing the album is the beautiful ode “Will You” which is simple but effective. “Will you love me. Carelessly, tenderly til I can’t breathe”
The album could have been slightly refined length wise to create a bigger impact with the subject matter but she still commands your attention and has you intrigued by her dark electronic pop. This album was created to be brought to life in her live show and I’m really excited to see where it will take her because it has a lot of potential.
You can catch George Maple on her massive headlining Australian tour in February 2018. Check out the dates below;
16 February – The Triffid, Brisbane
21 February – 170 Russell, Melbourne
22 February – Metro Theatre, Sydney
23 February – The Gov, Adelaide
24 February – Villa, Perth