Ian George | Kingdom of My Youth

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Kingdom of My Youth

by Ian George

avant-garde folk music subject to seasonal mood swings
Genre: Folk: Modern Folk
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
“Effulgent eclecticism on display in the forthcoming album. George's forward-looking new offering is a subtle explosion of vibrant colors that delight.” ~PopMatters

Given to the world via Minnesota, Ian George spent the first 18 years of his life in the deciduous forests west of the cities and along the kingdom of his youth: the north shore of Lake Superior. Mountain cabins nestled in Oregon have been Ian's home base over the past 11 years. In Oregon he founded and led a handful of bands, touring extensively through the US, Canada, and Europe and gracing some of the western world's most beloved festivals and music halls. As of autumn 2018, Ian has returned to the Twin Cities and has announced his debut solo album Kingdom of My Youth, to be released February 15, 2019. An album of praise and recollection for the prairies that formed him.

​This is not an album Ian intended to create. Following the implosion of his former touring band (Patchy Sanders), Ian set off to backpack Europe free from purpose, until an unexpected encounter with Mathieu Chedid (more commonly known as 'M') gave him one. The beloved French rock star holds the gold place in number of Victoires de la Musique awards, but Ian met him by perfectly humble chance.

Though only recent acquaintances, Mathieu invited Ian to record an album at Labo M, the 17th Century manor originally built for King Louis XVI's nephew in Paris, which M utilizes as a personal studio. Unable to refuse, Ian spent the following two months on an international scavenger hunt, seeking a properly eclectic mesh of musicians to sonically fill this impromptu opportunity. He says, "I was scrambling. I had two months to find a band and somehow transport and lodge them in Paris to play songs I hadn't even finished yet, and all on a peasant musician's budget."

Across Norway, London, Paris and Brooklyn, Ian located the talents he affectionately refers to as "quiet shredders." Kingdom of My Youth was crafted during the month of August, 2017, between the hours of 2:00 PM and 7:00 AM seven days a week, among sporadic breaks for noisette, croissants, and memorably stinky cheese.

"I see this album as my re-calibration tool, a chance to shed the illusionary box I had once erected around myself so as to remain a folk music purist," says Ian. "I no longer need to be anything, other than perhaps a forever-evolving, creative expression of human experience." In Ian's debut full-length, youth is not an idea confined to age. Rather, it is a state of mind in which one can access unfiltered, uninhibited movement through life.

A frisky and flamboyantly charismatic whipper-snapper of a young man (occasionally flaunting an enormously overgrown orange beard), Ian George is really just a simple folk singer who takes great fancy in playing around kitchen tables being ridiculous, and snacking.. For a decade Ian has been writing and singing songs for a handful of bands ever since the pivotal moment of being mangled and tasered by three brutally aggressive Eugene, Oregon police officers. After leaving the front-lines of activism behind, he turned to homesteading and minstreling as a form of activism. "I believe in music and stories, I believe they change the world," says Ian, often. Ian is somewhat frighteningly slender (openly vocalized mostly by his mother) and enjoys performing shoe-less and sweater-full. The crowds really enjoy his ballerina frolic through the kitchen adorned with nothing but his daughter's tutu story. If Ian was good enough and could make enough money playing as an Irish fiddler, he would.. But since he's not (not yet) he instead frontiers the Contemporary-Art-Folk-Music world, happily. Ian's live performance is an experimental and emotional ride teeming with unpredictable banter. Ian more often than not tours with his gorgeous band of talented handsome men (percussion, electric guitar, violin, bass).

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