Seeking Thrills may be Georgia’s second album, but it has the energy and spirit you’d expect of a debut. To many listening, it will be their first introduction to the singer-drummer-producer. Sleeper hit ‘Starting Out’ bubbled up the Radio 1 A List, where it remained for most of 2019. That exposure has given Seeking Thrills a wider platform – and the opportunity is seized with both hands.
Seeking Thrills explores both ends of Georgia’s spectrum – shiny synthpop and grimy jungle. It’s a strange configuration and a few tracks feel pulled between two poles, but when she is able to combine the two (as on the transcendent ’24 Hours’) it’s thrilling. There’s a retro-grunge veneer to this, but it isn’t calculated nostalgia. More the sound of a DIY producer honouring the tradition.
A callback to the inventive, weird and idiosyncratic house and garage music that used to dominate the late 90s and early aughts is an itch that many people, myself included, weren’t aware we had. But Georgia provides a bridge to a subculture ripe for rediscovery, with enough contemporary cues to feel new.
It’s front loaded for sure – the first songs are the best material here, and that leaves Seeking Thrills feeling a little lopsided. However the second half of the album does find thrills anew. The pretty sci-fi cinemscape of ‘Ultimate Sailor’ is unexpected, and ‘Ray Guns’ has a grimy bounce to it last seen on M.I.A.’s Arular.
It’s no untarnished masterwork, but as a piece of soul-searching, it’s a great album and a vivid snapshot of a new British talent discovering how good she can be.