Georgi Kay on her American getaway and new EP Origins

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Originally posted on Music Insight:

After spending months away shacked up in a cabin writing songs somewhere in the USA, Perth’s Georgi Kay is back with her latest EP Origins. 

The indie pop sensation first hit the scene when she began playing lead guitar for rock group The Vains. In 2009, she made the decision to go it alone and has been turning heads with her music ever since.

Fast-forward to the present day, and the 22-year-old has two EPs to her name, plenty of accolades and is enjoying life to the fullest. Her recent trip to LA saw her stuck in a blizzard in New York City during a performance for G’Day USA, hiking around the LA mountains – getting lost in the process without phone service (yikes!) and putting words to paper. Despite all the excitement, Kay said she enjoyed visiting the Californian city any chance she gets.

“L.A is one of my favourite places in the world,” she said.

“There’s so much there to explore and so many incredible opportunities to make the most of. In terms of making music, it’s a very inspiring place and I know a lot of lovely souls there too.”

Being inspired to write songs after watching and reading classic horror stories Frankensteinand Carrie, the singer-songwriter’s new record is an homage to who she is as an artist and human being.

“Despite previous releases I’ve had, this EP feels like the true first, so I’m very, very excited about it. It’s my soul in listenable form. It’s where I’ve come from and it’s a taster that pushes towards the direction I’m going musically.”

Despite previous releases I’ve had, this EP feels like the true first, so I’m very, very excited about it. It’s my soul in listenable form. It’s where I’ve come from, and it’s a taster that pushes towards the direction I’m going musically.

Kay’s previous EP In My Mind, released in 2013, steered clear of a soul-searching concept but the ARIA award-winning musician felt she was more than ready to reflect back on her current journey.

“I wrote how I felt. Like a boxer hitting the bag or a biker hitting the open road, songwriting is my kind of therapy,” Kay said.

Tracks God of a Girl and More Than This were our first samples from the new EP – both of which were indicators of a sombre transition from her earlier material.

“They were written during times in which I felt raw, unpolished emotions. They also pay homage to my loves and inspirations for horror films, dark electronic synths and descriptive, emotive writing style,” Kay said.

Her accompanying music video for More Than This delves deep into symbolic territory, depicting a restrained Kay who as the clip progresses frees herself from confinement – all the while visually shrouded in darkness and shadow.

You’d think after so many hits, famous collaborations and innovative concepts her creativity would start to wane but lucky for us, she’s a gift that keeps on giving.

“I guess it’s something that comes very naturally to me, or maybe I just see things differently. Either way, I really enjoy it and it inspires me for new ideas in the future,” Kay said.

In its entirety Origins is a strong effort from the singer-songwriter – a synth pop gem that has us all hooked. We won’t have to wait long for more material though, as she has a few feature releases in the works throughout the year.

Check out Georgi Kay’s latest single More Than This below and tell us what you think.

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