Georgia Maq has established herself in recent years as the singer and guitarist of Melbourne, Australia indie rock band Camp Cope, whose sophomore album How to Socialise and Make Friends won widespread acclaim, topping a slew of 2018 end of year lists including NPR, Pitchfork, Billboard, Bandcamp, Stereogum, The Guardian, and Brooklyn Vegan.
Pleaser’s 8 tracks shimmer and pulsate, calling to mind pop artists like Lorde, Robyn, Charli XCX and Gwen Stefani. “I took more time to record the songs and play around with them, and I liked that because I could change things and experiment more,” Maq says, continuing “I think the pressure of working with other people drove me to finish the songs, which I hated but also loved because it’s nice to be challenged."
The album opens strategically with “Away From Love” - the only time guitar is featured on all of Pleaser, with the rest of the album done entirely electronically. “Away From Love” and “Like A Shadow” were recorded with Darcy Baylis, while the rest of the album was produced by labelmate Katie Dey.
While Maq may have felt challenged while writing Pleaser, the experience of listening to the album is anything but difficult. Its unapologetic pop sentiments shine and delight, Maq's gorgeous alto soaring above each track. It’s a record listeners will find themselves quickly falling in love with and returning to again and again.