Over the past five years, Chicago native Gia Margaret has built a loyal following for her home-recorded pop & folk tunes through her Soundcloud & YouTube pages. While often lauded for her deft guitar playing & a gorgeously melodic voice that leaps across genres, Gia Margaret has been honing her skills as a songwriter & producer; Gia's recent output demonstrates that she is her pushing her sound into new sonic territories, incorporating elements of electronica, chamber music, & minimalist composition into her heartbreakingly gorgeous bedroom pop. A 2017 feature in the Chicago Tribune explains, "After picking up a variety of musical styles and instruments — from guitar to piano to synths — she is eager to piece together a sound that is representative of her personal artistic vision.”
There's Always Glimmer, Gia Margaret's self-produced debut album, was released by Orindal Records on July 27, 2018.
Gia's latest album, a collection of ambient electronic recordings entitled Mia Gargaret, will be released on June 12, 2020 by Orindal Records (North America) & Dalliance Recordings (the rest of the world).
"On the first single from her forthcoming debut album, There’s Always Glimmer, Gia Margaret looks deeply into the space that remains after a loved one leaves your life. “Birthday” is a gentle, mid-tempo rock song that couches the weight of its lyrics in lush electric guitar chords, gleaming synthesizer patches, and big, expressive drums, hitting the sweet spot between Imogen Heap and Broken Social Scene. In a voice that barely rises above a whisper, the Chicago-based singer/songwriter details a sudden, devastating breakup. “I can’t pretend I didn't know it/But then the night came and you were gone,” she sings, her voice multi-tracked and produced in a way that makes the edges of her consonants pop. After the shock of the initial split, Margaret starts to preemptively mourn all the rituals she won't get to share again with her ex-partner. “Wouldn’t it be so strange/Not to be with you on your birthday?” she asks on the chorus. Her vocal melody skews oddly optimistic, vaulting up toward the top of her range as if she's trying to put a positive spin on her loss. “Birthday” may be an emotionally moving breakup song, but it's the kind that lets you self-soothe in the midst of grief.” – Sasha Geffen, Pitchfork
“The songs on Gia Margaret’s debut album glow like the warm beams of a flashlight hidden inside of a blanket fort” – Leor Galil, Chicago Reader
"Starry ballads that feel eternal but immediate" – James Rettig, Stereogum
- Official Website
- "Birthday" music video
- "In Normal Ways (demo)" video
- "Shh Goodnight" video
- Chicago Tribune feature
- Stereogum premieres "Birthday"
- Sasha Geffen reviews "Birthday" for Pitchfork
- The Line of Best Fit premieres "Smoke"
- The 405 interviews Gia Margaret
- The Chicago Reader reviews There's Always Glimmer
- The Line of Best FIt reviews There's Always Glimmer
- Various Small Flames reviews There's Always Glimmer
- Pitchfork reviews There's Always Glimmer
- Stereogum names Gia Margaret one of the 40 Best New Bands of 2018
- There's Always Glimmer is GoldFlakePaint's favorite album of 2018
- Line of Best Fit "On the Rise" feature
- Gia Margaret interviews Mark Kozelek
- Gorilla Vs. Bear premieres "apathy" & "body"
- Beats Per Minute shares "apathy" & "body"
- Stereogum shares "apathy" & "body"
- The Line of Best FIt shares "apathy" & "body"
- The Fader premieres "barely there" with an interview with Gia Margaret