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Howzat! Archive - August 17th 2016

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FIELDS OF DREAMS
Georgia Fields was with her husband, Matty Vehl, daughter, Kendra Plum, and mum, Janie Miller, a member of '70s chart-toppers The Ferrets. They were holidaying near Wye River, when one of Georgia's friends sent her a text: David Bowie was dead. "And I felt time stretch out like a rubber band," Georgia recalls. Fast-forward eight months and Georgia has covered Bowie's 2013 single Where Are We Now? on her new album, Astral Debris. "With Bowie such an influence on my songwriting, it felt fitting," she says. This album comes six years after Georgia's self-titled debut. A lot has happened to Georgia in that time, including marriage and motherhood. Is she a very different person? "Yes and no. I don't think people can change who they inherently are, but I've certainly been through some huge life changes in the past six years, and that's had an influence on my writing, my aesthetic, and how I collaborate." Georgia's chief collaborator on this record has been producer Tim Shiel. "Tim pushed me with my vocals like I've never been pushed before. He worked very hard to draw characterful performances out of me, and he didn't let up until it was right. Tim and I share a lot of mutual friends and collaborators, but we're also from different musical worlds. His contribution really shook up the sound of the album. He's a genius." Georgia crowdfunded the album and the liner notes include a thank you to "the anonymous patron at The Retreat Hotel". "During the [crowdfunding] campaign, I played a gig at The Retreat and a very generous person made a contribution, but requested to remain anonymous. I had seen this person at my shows on and off for a number of years but didn't have their contact details, so putting this little message in the liner notes was my way of reaching out and saying thank you. The enthusiasm for this album has been very humbling and I can't wait to finally release it into the stratosphere." Georgia is launching Astral Debris at The Toff in Town on 25 Aug.


SUBSCRRRIBE
It's a big year for Triple R, with the station celebrating its 40th birthday. Triple R's annual radiothon starts on 19 Aug.


HIP HIP
Missy Higgins is 33 on Friday (19 Aug).


HOT LINE
"We shouldn't fuss and shouldn't fight, we're pieces of a puzzle and it feels so good when we fit together" - Georgia Fields, We're Foolish Things.


CHART WATCH
Still just one Aussie single in the Top 10.

Papercuts ILLY FEATURING VERA BLUE (number four)
Say It FLUME (20)
In My Blood THE VERONICAS (23)
This Girl KUNGS VS COOKIN' ON 3 BURNERS (29)
Cheap Thrills SIA (30)
Never Be Like You FLUME (38)

The Suicide Squad soundtrack keeps Bernard Fanning out of top spot. And Montaigne also has a Top 5 debut.

Civil Dusk BERNARD FANNING (number two, debut)
Gimme Some Lovin': Jukebox Vol II HUMAN NATURE (three)
Glorious Heights MONTAIGNE (four, debut)
Ripcord KEITH URBAN (eight)
Wings Of The Wild DELTA GOODREM (11)
First Light DUSTIN TEBBUTT (13, debut)
Wildflower THE AVALANCHES (14)
Skin FLUME (17)
Blue Neighbourhood TROYE SIVAN (18)
50 Best Songs PLAY SCHOOL (22)
Let Me Be Clear GANG OF YOUTHS (23)
Zenith ALFIE ARCURI (24)
The Best Of THE WIGGLES (26)
Famous Friends (Celebrating 50 Years) PLAY SCHOOL (27, debut)
Drinking From The Sun, Walking Under Stars Restrung HILLTOP HOODS (29)
Sin Will Find You STORM THE SKY (30, debut)
A Version Of Now PETER GARRETT (33)
Soul Searchin' JIMMY BARNES (35)
Home State JACK CARTY (36, debut)


HOWZAT! PLAYLIST
Square One LAZY SUSAN
Oh No You Don't BENNY WALKER
Only One PETER GARRETT
Emerald Flame BERNARD FANNING
We're Foolish Things GEORGIA FIELDS

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