Today, Australian born producer/ songwriter / singer George Maple reveals the details for her long awaited debut record ‘LOVER’ alongside the video for her lead single ‘HERO’.
On “Hero”, Maple goes full euphoric pop to create an anthem about finding strength in vulnerability, a striking clarion call to arms to the broken among us.
Filmed in LA, the powerful video was directed by long-time collaborator Leticia Dare and renowned artist/director Saulo Madrid. Each frame is a study in contrasts with Maple representing an art piece in a revolving installation, in one scene paying tribute to a famous Pina Bausch performance, “Struggle”. Maple reveals the video was a highly personal experience:
“This video is an exploration of the strength that can be found in vulnerability. This song means so much to me and the process of this video was not only a cathartic experience but a huge turning point of acceptance.
“I have lost a number of people very close to me in my life and my coping mechanism has been to bury the pain and sadness to "stay strong and positive" and never show weakness. I would often wonder why these intense bursts of emotion would overpower me particularly in intimate or stressful situations, why I would end up running away, self sabotaging or treating ones I loved as though they were the enemy. Turns out, like so many I was afraid of what it would feel like when the dust settled.
“During the second half of the video you will view a scene where I am harnessed to a rope, trying to break free, paying homage to the extraordinary Pina Bausch.
“Whilst performing I stepped back into many painful memories and let go the emotional residue. It was raw. I was genuinely struggling, there is no acting. Every time the harness would push into my ribs I would feel a sense of release. It was like movement therapy.”
‘Hero’ is just one glimpse at what can be expected from her forthcoming 20 track debut LP.
‘Lover’ is a “series of intimate events”, sound-tracking a fierce yet fractured existence. Written over 2 years and various places across the globe, the album casts Maple as the storyteller swaying in and out of control, triumphantly dancing through the mess and chaos of life’s sordid underbelly. The record pays homage to the muddled beauty and vulnerability of human intimacy in fractured times.
It’s a journey that’s seen George Maple play many roles, from femme fatale to disco diva to fierce heroine, and endure many scars. It’s the intersection of Maple’s fantasy and reality, presenting a record which amplifies her own observations and experiences of human relations across the last four years.
“Lover” follows an acclaimed EP, Vacant Space released via Australian label Future Classic in 2014, 2015’s “Where You End And I Begin” and “Gemini”, her masterful collaboration with What So Not. Most recently she has worked with DJ Snake on 2016’s “Talk”, a re-crafted version of her original track "Talk Talk". Maple has also written for other artists and her writing and production credits include Snakehips, Flume and Tkay Maidza.