George Reece’s new five-track EP will be released on 1 February.
The EP by London-based musician George, who is represented by We’re Not Just Cats Records, is titled All Of The Lights.
— George William Reece (@georgereece) January 23, 2017
Unlike many writers, George does not always begin with a specific concept in mind. Rather, he refers to his writing as “circumstantial” and tells TenEighty how Lights, the opening song, “started off as a song about various light bulbs in my flat – I was making a YouTube video testing out soft focus settings on a new lens and started writing the song to go with that. You can probably tell how little intentionality I work with sometimes… but that can be the best way to get behind your ego and find some honest stuff.”
Touching on some heavy subjects about growing up, the aptly named So Old, So Young is “an unwilling nostalgic break to me. Like, do you ever watch a film you used to be crazy about and feel like you should’ve outgrown it? When you can see all the flaws staring you in the face and you can’t help but love it anyway…? It’s about wanting to regret who you’ve been, so you can move on and be better, but being unable to let go.”
In George’s words, Bought Us A Car “is simpler – it’s about escape, and being willing to do whatever it takes to get away from where you don’t want to be, and to get to where you do.”
While some songs carry specific experiences and ideas, as a whole George sees the tracks as an ode to “how we cope with our sadness and our desire. Everyone carries around these insane and unique burdens. There’s no right way to feel about them. The EP seems like it’s about finding a path, a guiding light that keeps you moving forward.”
George has drawn on a wide range of musical influences. “I’ve been telling people this is early Genesis meets The Weeknd, but that’s not really true. There’s a lot of 70s rock and prog in there – Billy Joel, Elton John, Kayak, Pink Floyd – but it’s kind of classical in a few places too… It’s hard to be original, but if you can find a way of working with a bunch of different influences at once then hopefully things start to happen that you haven’t heard before.”
As well as a digital version, 50 physical copies will also be available from Bandcamp. Digital copies are available on iTunes and Spotify. George will also feature in the line-up for BY37UK’s Cereal Shop Sessions on 15 April.
Hey kids. Do you wanna see the complete artwork spread for my EP???
Well I'm gonna show you anyway. pic.twitter.com/8i90SKPX43
— George William Reece (@georgereece) January 31, 2017