‘barely there’ is the next track to be lifted from Gia Margaret’s upcoming ambient and (mostly) instrumental album. Not the follow-up album the Chicago, IL artist intended to release after her 2018 debut, There’s Always Glimmer, but after finding herself without the use of her primary instrument, she had to rethink her methods, at least temporarily.
Gia explains: “After having to cancel tours because of illness, I was unable to sing for nearly half of the year. This left me feeling like a shell of myself, so I turned to my synthesizer for comfort. These compositions helped me hold onto my identity as a music maker. At times this music helped soothe my anxiety more than therapy or anything else could.”
Now close to the new album’s release, Gia is releasing ‘barely there’, a delicate and beautiful track that sounds almost like a lost Postal Service cut…
Without singing or lyrics to steal the focus, the instrumental tracks on Mia Gargaret, due June 12th, shine a light on Gia Margaret’s skills as a musician, composer & producer. Spare but immersive arrangements of synthesiser, piano & acoustic guitar simultaneously ache & soothe, building emotional landscapes that rise & recede like scenery through a train window. Documenting her self-healing, she said “I wanted to capture the feeling of a truly strange time in my life, even though I would prefer to forget it altogether. This process helped me understand something about myself, & hopefully it can help others, too.”
Gia plans to return to more traditional forms of songwriting next year. In the meantime, Mia Gargaret stands as a gorgeous experiment & a memorable meditation on the healing power of music.