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Hannah Georgas is a Vancouver- based singer who balances the nuanced depth of classic female songwriters who came before her with tightly constructed electronic based pop.
When Hannah started out in the Vancouver music scene, she was known for her acoustic leanings. In her early recordings she developed a more intricate production to go with her syrupy vocals that can range from vulnerable to punctuated. With her latest album, Hannah Georgas, Hannah has found new ways to marry her essential songwriting sensibility to more elaborate, electronic studio soundscapes.
Her first EP, The Beat Stuff was released in 2009. It was quickly followed up with her debut album, This Is Good, in 2010. The album’s reception leads one to think that the record was aptly named. This Is Good earned Hannah two Juno Award nominations for Songwriter of the Year and Best New Artist. The record also landed her on the critic-juried Polaris Prize Long List and won Best Emerging Artist from both the XM/The Verge and the Canadian Indies.
After spending the better part of 2010 and 2011 on the road, Hannah needed to recharge, or as she sings on her 2012 single, ‘Robotic’ – “I want to press reset”. Hannah travelled to Salt Spring Island, holed herself in a cabin and wrote the majority of what would become her second album, the eponymous Hannah Georgas. Self-titled records are often associated with an artist’s debut record. The title of her second LP signaled a newfound maturity in Hannah’s artistry. She traded in the guitar-based sound of her earlier recordings and replaced it with a more prominent electronic sound. She recruited Graham Walsh (Lights, Metz) to produce the record. Graham came to the studio with his OP-1 synthesizer and his bag of analog and pre-EDM keyboard tricks from his day job as one half of the creative force behind the band, Holy Fuck. The new sound is evident from the opening track, ‘Elephant’. An electronic pulse leads into the first verse, which is delivered with her vulnerable, hushed voice. The album is honest, simple and uninfluenced. It has been described as “the most encompassing take on bittersweet you will hear all year”. Released in October 2012 by Dine Alone Records, Hannah Georgas, has found a receptive audience with fans critics and her peers. She has two current Juno Award nominations, for Songwriter of the Year and Best Alternative Album. Rdio named it on their Best of 2012 list and her Daytrotter performance was listed on their Year End best-of list.
In March of 2013, Hannah will make her first appearance at SXSW in Austin. NPR has included her in their Austin 100 List, which highlights the top bands to see at the festival. No stranger to the road, since January 2012 Hannah has toured North America three times and Europe once. She played with Kathleen Edwards on the Voyageur Tour, both opening the shows and playing in Kathleen’s band. Other touring mates in the last year include Mother Mother, Husky and Lucius.