Chicago-based Gia Margaret spent the formative years of her life focusing on the art of classical piano composition. However, after hearing such greats as Nick Drake, Stina Nordenstam, The Roches, and Connie Converse, Gia developed an itch for writing and recording a different type of music.
The result was her self-produced debut album There’s Always Glimmer, an album that grew via word of mouth from a low-key Summer release in the US to ending 2018 across multiple international critics’ Best Of lists (including Line Of Best Fit and Gorilla vs Bear).
There’s Always Glimmer incorporates elements of folk, shoegaze and ambient electronics, all while retaining the delicate and exposed charm of Gia’s demos. Things might seem dark on first listen – her lyrics exploring anxiety, depression and alienation, surfacing memories she’d rather forget – but as hinted by the album’s title, hope lies within.
“Even when she sings of aching sadness, she does it with the kind of hushed, intimate beauty that sounds like a soft glow in the darkness. There’s always glimmer.”
“It’s uncertainty about the future that suffuses There’s Always Glimmer… (her) ultimately futile battle with time is well fought: Her lullabies are hypnotic enough to delay the transitions she dreads—to stop the ticking clock —for half an hour, at least.”
“If you missed out on release, take pause and spend time with one of this year’s most remarkable debuts.”
The Line of Best Fit