Kicking off the new year, alternative pop visionary Gia Ford has released her new single ‘Poolside’. Recorded in LA, at the renowned Sound City Studios with legendary producer Tony Berg (Phoebe Bridgers), ‘Poolside’ demonstrates how Gia is able to craft songs like no other artist of her generation. Listen to ‘Poolside’ here.

Told from the perspective of a poolboy working under the glare of the LA sun, ‘Poolside’ taps into a feeling of disconnection that, in some way, everyone can relate to. Sheffield-born Gia explains: “Poolside was first inspired by an image from a coffee table book, depicting affluent 60’s Los Angeles. A birds-eye shot of houses with pools in the hills. I imagined a poolboy, disillusioned and angry at the world, and began describing what he felt and saw, working in a well-to-do LA neighbourhood. There’s this separation between him and the people he’s working for. He’s invisible to them.”

With those images of clear blue water and lush green palms, and the bitter voice of the poolboy as he toils away in the luxury homes of his employers, Gia makes a simple but masterfully executed point about class, wealth and aspiration in the modern age.

Gia will celebrate the release of ‘Poolside’ with a headline show at London’s The Lower Third this evening and earlier this month, she was announced to support Marika Hackman on her March UK tour. She will kick off her summer playing at Brighton’s The Great Escape Festival in May, following her spotlight as one of The Great Escape’s First Fifty. Keep your eyes peeled for Gia’s upcoming session with BBC Introducing coming soon and watch her exclusive performance of ‘Falling in Love Again’ for The Independent Music Box here.

With her timeless sound and ability to convey raw emotion through her haunting lyrics and vocals, and exciting live shows in the pipeline, Gia is on course for a meteoric rise in 2024.


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Gia Ford Live Dates
24/01 – London – The Lower Third
Supporting Marika Hackman:

12/03 – Glasgow – Oran Mor
14/03 – Manchester – Canvas
15/03 – Leeds – The Wardrobe
16/03 – Newcastle upon Tyne – The Cluny
18/03 – Brighton – Concorde 2
19/03 – Birmingham – Castle & Falcon
20/03 – Bristol – Strange Brew
21/03 – London – Hackney Church

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