George And Queen: City
By Tom Anderson
I don’t really know where I am or how I got here when I listen to George and Queen’s interesting new album, but this is definitely not a bad thing. Sounds of sparse deserts and lulling rivers are a tribute to the vocal prowess of Immi Paterson and the musical compositions themselves. Immi and partner Neil Newton have adopted a fairly simple initiative for this album: arranging sounds in an intriguing way, whilst adding spice with some interesting aural clips and clever home production techniques. Some tracks like Private Paradise are a sweeping stuttering soundscape. This golden horse that’s been herded into a little underground basement of art pop does however drift off into the realms of ho hum at times. I enjoyed the at times Bjork-esque sounds but it certainly doesn’t ever grab you buy the throat - though admittedly the delberately cheesy city snapshot cover artwork wouldn’t lead any buyer to expect throat-grabbing music. Out on their own Gone Quiet Records label.