Tanya George

REVIEW: ‘Normality’ (EP) – Tanya George

Tanya George – “Normality” EP

Australian singer Tanya George has just released her new EP, “Normality”, which kicks off with a demonstration of her amazing vocal ability both high, low and sock-it-to-em power. “Normality” opens with “Voice”, which is just that and it leads us into the first song proper, “Writing Machine”, a sumptuous number with very little musical accompaniment, just relying on layered vocals and harmonies. This is already coming through as a very polished and stylalised piece of work from the Melbourne based singer.

Tanya says of “Normality”: “I hope the messages and theme of this EP resonates with my listeners, and maybe even inspires some level of unity. I wanted to challenge the normality of music but blend it with familiarity. There are topics which worry me, lyrics which drive me and harmony ideas which surprise me. I wanted to create entirely different music and push my musicianship and my ability as a vocalist”.

The title track follows suit, again replying on lots of “umm ahh”‘s for the soundtrack as Tanya looks forward to a time when she can experience ‘normality’ with you, or me… Tanya wants to find a place to be next and that place is the “Woodland”, where she should be. One thing you quickly realise is that Tanya relies on repeating her message over and over in each song, just so you understand her position and her place. There’s another ‘interlude’ next, this one is called “Thoughts And Fears” and in it Tanya opens up to her own thoughts and fears, including social media. It’s spoken, not sung, just to make you listen.

“My Hymn” is the longest treack on the EP and opens with hauntingly deep vocals as Tanya confesses her hymn that she writes for you, an end to the fighting and the suffering, all she wants to do is rest and settle down to…well my guess is some ‘normality’. And so the EP comes full circle with its story told and also full circle as we end with that awesomely high note which began this odyssey. For anyone that has not encountered Tanya’s music before, this is something very different and instantly captivating. If you love R&B with a lot of soul and a tinge of gospel then this is for you. Pop it is not, but it is striking and very addictive. Have a listen…

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So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!