George Maple Brings New Music to Rough Trade NYC Next Tuesday

March 20th, 2015

Jess Higgs has been doing business as the Australian pop-soul singer-songwriter George Maple since late 2012. “Between building that character and now, I feel like there’s been a fast progression of development as an artist,” Maple tells the New York Times. “I’m saying what I want to say now, as opposed to when I was a little bit more timid at the beginning.” Her second EP, Vacant Space (stream it below), filled with dance-ready electronic music, came out last December. “The songs were born out of a sense of loneliness and a sense of introspection,” she says. And while there’s plenty of electronic-influenced music these days, Maple’s vocals are the most notable aspect of her material. Maple (above, performing “On & On” for BBC Radio 1) is out on the road now, and you can catch her last U.S. date next Tuesday at Rough Trade NYC. Another Australian, rapper-singer Tkay Maidza, opens.