Singer, songwriter and harpist, Georgia Ruth, returns with her third album, Mai. Her songs here are filled with hope, in the face of uncertainty, that Spring will come. The theme is inspired by the Welsh language poem I Know It’s Coming, Month of Honey by Eifion Wyn. Her harp sound is fleshed out with improvised strings, pedal steel and saxophone.
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Spring is approaching -- slowly, yes but it's coming, I promise -- so it will very soon be time for ‘Mai’. At the time of writing at least, the merry, merry month of May is but 6 weeks away, and here is Aberystwyth’s own Georgia Ruth to herald the event, gently guiding us into the season of daffodils, easter eggs and cherry blossoms dispersing on the breeze like pale pink confetti. Ruth is a harpist as well as a folk singer with a very nice voice, and a fine songwriter as the 11 beautifully intimate-feeling songs on the record attest.
Singing for the most part in her native Welsh as well as just a smidge of English for juxtaposition, Ruth sings evocatively of gardens in bloom and love of (and love in) springtime. Her twinkling harp sounds so lovely and simple against the mellow twang of pedal steel, bass and occasional violin. All the sounds combine perfectly as a setting for Ruth’s rich vocal textures and an accent which is very melodic.
At the heart of the record is an uncomplicated setting of the poem ‘Gwn ei ddyfod, fis y Mel’ (I know it’s coming, month-of-honey) by Eifion Wyn. ‘Cosmos’ is set in a lush green garden full of colour and apple blossoms slowly scattering to fall on the lawn, momentarily, of course, because nothing can last. Everything is ephemeral, and that's OK. Enjoy it now.
There’s a sparse and very warm intimacy to ‘Mai’, a feeling that flows through every song, every note, every space on this beautiful record.
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