Georgia Fair set to release their debut album
Together for a decade and no speed bumps – Georgia Fair has lasted longer than most marriages.
By the way lead singer Jordan Wilson talks about his band it doesn’t look like there’ll be a split any time soon.
"We still have those a-ha moments when we think we have something special," Wilson told Pulse of the musical kinship between him and co-founder Ben Riley.
When asked about when they decided that Georgia Fair was a project worth pursuing Jordan speaks of a song called Something Easy.
"(When we wrote that) that’s when we knew we had something going on. Now we look back and laugh," he says.
The pair met when they were in Year Seven at high school in Newport, NSW, and it took them a while to get into song-writing mode.
"We started as a Nirvana cover band," Jordan says. "Then, you know, we got into Bob Dylan and Neil Young and so on."
Now in their early 20s, the Sydney lads have made the big move to Melbourne and are part of the city’s large and supportive musical community.
Their latest single Marianne features Lisa Mitchell and nu-folk up-and-comers Boy and Bear as evidence.
Since 2009 they have released two EPs brimming with blissed-out folk-pop melodies.
Exposure came from a Big M commercial where their single Picture Frames was presented almost as an ode to an endless summer.
"We get asked about this a lot but basically it just sort of fell into our laps," Jordan says. "It’s a bit of a token thing and I guess it made us in the beginning but now we’re a bit over it."
Last year the duo flew to North Carolina and worked on their first album with Bill Reynolds of Seattle rockers Band of Horses.
"We’ve never worked with a producer before," Jordan says. "Bill was giving non-stop; he pushed us to find spaces in the songs."
The first single Marianne is big on harmonies, smooth-yet-sugary lead vocals and trusted acoustic guitar proving that Georgia Fair have cemented themselves well within the Australian folk tradition – more folksy than The Beautiful Girls but more stripped back than Angus and Julia Stone.
But this means there’s room to grow for the budding artists in the lead up to their debut release.
Their creative operations are now moving faster then the industry, with writing for the second album already happening and their first album not on the shelves yet.
"But who knows where we’ll go from here," Jordan says.
For one thing, we know Georgia Fair have staying power – their 10-year friendship is testament to that.
"We keep each other grounded," he says.