Christened into the music industry at this year's SXSW, Melbourne's G Flip is getting people seriously excited.
G Flip is the alias of Aussie singer/songwriter Georgia Flipo. Flipo began her forays into music as a drummer, admitting in an interview with Australian radio station Triple J that she’d been “secretly writing music” for much of her life, before adding, “I wanna be the chick drummer/singer!”
Flipo’s debut single “About You” dropped back in February; a startlingly mature introduction to an artist with her sense of identity already formed. Played on air just hours after being uploaded to Triple J’s Unearthed site, the radio tastemaker lit a fuse that led to a worldwide explosion. We called “About You” “the best debut we’ve heard in months”, and by April Flipo was celebrating as it hit one million streams on Spotify. Now – just a month later – its play count has already doubled.
Not to be dismissed as just another synth-pop squib, “About You” has an unorthodox structure elevated by left-field percussion and Flipo’s signature drumming rolling in like a tidal wave before a final dramatic fill. Despite her DIY approach, the bedroom producer’s output sounds as naturally polished as a beach pebble, even when listened to alongside its zany homemade visuals. For those who fancy something a little more pared down, there’s also an acoustic version performed with just piano, allowing Flipo to show off the warmth and rawness her voice is capable of.
On the strength of this first release alone, G Flip became one of SXSW’s most talked-about acts, this time picking up her guitar to fire off yet another version of the track. Now, she’s heading over to the UK to play a string of headline shows alongside appearances at The Great Escape (17 May), Dot To Dot (25-27 May), and Field Day.
Thankfully, “About You” will not be the only familiar track in G Flip’s set, as she drops sophomore banger “KMT” just ahead of her forthcoming live dates. The new song maintains Flipo’s meticulous production style, this time used to construct a pop song in the more traditional format. “KMT”’s vocal is sweeter and less masked by layering than that of “About You”, channeling the overall younger, sunnier feel of the new cut. It’s a smart move, showcasing a versatility within the G Flip sound – which, by the way, is somehow already becoming a signature style across just two singles.
Flipo explains that “KMT” is about “a girl I was seeing, who kept distracting me from making music. My bedroom is my studio and she only wanted to stay in bed and make love all day.” While she doesn’t sound particularly mad about it, I can guarantee that G Flip already has fans ready to take on anyone who comes between Flipo and her music.