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Gin Wigmore - Album Review: Ivory

13 Apr 2018 // A review by ShelleySketch
To promote her new music which lead up to the album release, Gin Wigmore created the project #GIRLGANG. She hand-selected five different artists to create original pieces inspired by five singles from Ivory. The #GIRLGANG project was created to highlight and celebrate women and to find a new way to have an experience/connection with music through a variety of artistic formats. To learn more about #GIRLGANG, please visit www.ginwigmore.com.

And it’s no surprise that the first thing I have to mention is the incredible album artwork by Liam Gerrard. The drawing itself is incredibly detailed and is a statement in itself. The collaboration of Gin and the wolf insists she is a wolf herself and projects her as somewhat of a leader. The physical album itself has more artwork tied back to this main drawing. The detailed black and white drawings really keep the album simple, but the beautiful detail gives it its own punch.

Gin has that raw, powerful voice we all know and love, but she is definitely branching out musically with this album. Ivory seems to have more pop undertones than her previous release Blood to Bone. There seems to be some tracks that feel very LA summer, though with her residing in LA, it wouldn’t be surprising that it is influencing her. You can also hear a confidence behind her voice. But tracks like Cabrona, for example, have a very 80’s vibe, so much so that you can’t help but sing-and-dance-a-long to it. Beatnik Trip and Girl Gang are much the same. Then there are more stripped back tracks like Cold Cave which are more acoustic and really push Gin’s voice to the forefront.

Ivory, named after her son, has something for everyone. It is a great album and I’m excited to see where it takes her.

#GirlGang

★★★★★ (5 stars)


Review written by Shelley Te Haara
 

About Gin Wigmore

Gin is about the journey.

Gin Wigmore is a distinctive singer/songwriter, whose sound is driven by a startling voice; her delivery succinctly described by a critic as "whiskey and dry" and whose self-penned songs provide a refreshing new take on life and yet relate across the generations.

Geographically, Gin tracks from Auckland to Buenos Aires to Sydney. Vocally she runs from Macy Gray to Blondie to Edith Piaf. Musically she moves between Feist and Broken Social Scene to Neil Young and Fiona Apple, while lyrically she moves from sorrow to sunshine.

Visit the muzic.net.nz Profile for Gin Wigmore

Releases

Ivory
Year: 2018
Type: Album
Blood To Bone
Year: 2015
Type: Album
Gravel And Wine
Year: 2011
Type: Album
Holy Smoke
Year: 2009
Type: Album
Extended Play
Year: 2008
Type: EP

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