George FitzGerald – Fading Love
Label: Double Six Records
First entering our radar when his releases on Hotflush and Aus Music were doing the rounds in many a DJs playlist; George FitzGerald returns with his debut artist album ‘Fading Love’ on Domino’s sub-label Double Six Records.
Tracks like the garage tinged ‘Child’ on Aus which was heralded by Radio One and later his ‘Every Inch’ EP on Hypercolour heard on many an Ibiza terrace are evidence of that his productions have been heavily cemented into the house scene in the past few.
However anyone who’s been to see FitzGerald play over the last 6 months or so; his Troxy showcase in London, a stint at Panorama Bar in Berlin or even the spontaneous afterparty gig at Pikes in Ibiza last summer will have given a glimpse into some of the new wave of tracks from his album that have transpired into his DJ sets. In recent interviews, he’s mentioned that one of the highlights of writing the album was experimenting with different tempos, and composing songs not just for the dancefloor which he has found truly liberating.
Tracks such as the first single ‘Full Circle’ – a collaboration with Boxed In frontman Oli Bayston – are a wonderful example of the more downtempo side of George’s production skills. Glimmering sythns and melodies sit perfectly with Oli’s vocals and suble shakers, alongside emotive breakdowns that still carry the characteristics known of his dancefloor tracks.
Continuing with the same mellow energy ‘Beginning At The End’ is a great example of George’s talent at drawing tension with modulating chords, arpeggiating harmonies and building soundscapes; tracks like this which mould the album into its entirety.
George was suffering heartache over a difficult relationship break-up during the months he penned the album, whis unearths a lot of truths to many of the verses in ‘The Waiting’ and ‘Call It Love If You Want To’ alongside vocalist Lawrence Hart.
An interesting insight into his own mind and personal journey, the album also forsees a maturity and development in his productions – and after a listen to a stunning live session at Maida Vale studios for Radio One recently – it seems the transition from solo days in his Berlin and London studios into fully fledged live act is already coming into play. Watch this space.