Following his debut Fading Love, George FitzGerald returns with his second album, All That Must Be. It's a mesmeric and transportive collection of songs that firmly establish him as a preeminent figure in the electronic music world and a rare example of a musician capable of making the transition from club producer to album artist. Featuring collaborations with Lil Silva, Bonobo, and Tracey Thorn (Everything But The Girl), All That Must Be is a richly poignant record that plots a route through the mental and physical landscape of its creator over the course of 18 life-changing months, and in doing so illuminates a more universal set of themes.
Through All That Must Be, Fitzgerald alters his creative process, focusing more heavily on the piano as opposed to the computer and combining the electronic drums of previous album Fading Love with live percussion recorded in the studio. The result is a record with a very human pulse and an emotional maturity only hinted at when FitzGerald had his eyes and ears firmly set on the dancefloor. All That Must Be deals with processes of transition, acceptance and renewal, a backdrop that feels particularly pertinent in a time where young adulthood is elongated ever further and there seem to be fewer reasons to settle down.