Hannah Georgas released her second self-titled album on Oct 2nd under Toronto based Dine Alone records, known for many other talented artists such as Tokyo Police Club, The Lumineers and City and Colour. At times throughout this album listeners may catch that the vocals remind them of fellow Canadian artist Feist, but the instrumentals give Hannah Georges her own unique spin in addition to her smooth voice.
In this record, Hannah teamed up with Graham Walsh from the band Holy Fuck to help produce her album. His role in production is one of the reasons the new album was sometimes taken to a more synthesized direction. The fun and playful track Shortie is a good example of this new influence. This song has a catchy chorus and is about her going out to dance the night away and find some romance. The next track titled Fantisize holds a strong synth vibe as well. The keyboard is used a good amount throughout the album but it gives the songs a fresh and distinctive result.
Her previous work took a more complex and detailed approach to the instrumentals. So, instead, her goal in this album was to be more free and let the music breath. That is exactly what you get from the 10 tracks, specifically in the song Elephant where behind her strong echoing voice is a simple electronic beat. The album gives up a good balance in that regard. The song Ode to Mom, although it has a more relaxed feel, gets loud and full with instrumentals while singing lyrics that are written to help her Mom cope with the loss of her Father.
A noticeable fact about this album is the range of topics she expresses through her lyrics. In Millions she sings, “a fear is a crutch a little hell that I live in, if she can do it what the fuck, how come I can’t?” which is something that many people can relate to. Robotics is a song about wanting to be able to reset with no more worries, a song that came from the idea of wanting feel less emotion sometimes. Not to mention the song, What You Do To Me, about falling hard for another person. Clearly, Hannah Georgas has a real ability for not only expressing how she feels, but also doing it in a way where others can connect to the same ideas.
Compared to her last album, it’s clear that along with the help of Graham Walsh, Hannah Georgas has taken a big step up creatively. It should always be respected when an artist tries new things in the efforts to break the barriers of what they are expected to do because in cases like Hannah Georgas, it can work out very well.