George FitzGerald has released his new single, “Cold” from his upcoming third studio album, Stellar Drifting, out September 2nd. Carried by a skittering, UK garage inspired percussion, fuzzy synth and memorable vocals, the song can be heard now below.
Themes of outer space and the future have occupied a central presence in Stellar Drifting, which is named after movement of stars – far from being static and eternal, space is constantly in motion, and celestial bodies are changing over time. The album title hints at an otherworldly serenity that might be found within this continual flux. Using wavetable and granular synthesis techniques, FitzGerald found a way to turn telescopic images of planets and stars into synthesizer oscillators. Space didn’t just inspire him in an abstract sense – they are literally the building blocks of his record.
This highly conceptual approach has not dulled FitzGerald’s songwriting abilities however, with previously released single “Ultraviolet” providing an early preview of the album’s effervescent burst of light. The record also integrates some of the world’s most intriguing performers and songwriters, with Irish Mercury nominee SOAK lending vocals to “Rainbows and Dreams”, Animal Collective figurehead Panda Bear adding a poetic bounce to “Passed Tense” and London Grammar returning the favor after FitzGerald’s work on their UK #1 album Californian Soil with “The Last Transmission.”
George FitzGerald will be performing at San Francisco’s inaugural Portola Fest on September 24 alongside Flume, The Chemical Brothers, Kaytranada, Jamie XX, Toro y Moi, Charlie XCX and many more. More details can be found HERE.