Music Guyd: Hannah Georgas On My Mind … An Interview

Connor Sobolik
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Connor Sobolik

January 18, 2013
1:24 a.m.

If you ever find yourself searching for purpose as you wonder through a busy city street, or your routine subway ride is beginning to feel lacklustre, Hannah Georgas’ self-titled album is the perfect companion. With just enough passion and a thin layer of synthesizing, this Vancouver-based musician is a more approachable Feist.

The album is just as much a breakup record as it is an opportunity to heal. Just as you feel yourself falling in love with an upbeat track about a night on the town, she takes that same tempo and turns it into a thing of self-reflection. Every line that leaks her lips is so matter of fact it’s as if what she is saying we have already heard… and yet we haven’t.

Every song reads like a conversation. Georgas bares all in a ten-track dialogue about everything from sex to forgiveness. If you haven’t heard her knockout hit “Robotic” then you, my friend, are missing out.

I had a lovely chat with Georgas, and she answered questions about location, her new album, and (of course) boys.

After leaving Victoria to pursue a music career in Vancouver, it became very clear that her environment must influence her art.

I am just naturally a person who needs to be by the ocean and to have the good weather, even though its grey all the time. That’s important for me too. [It’s] just the people who are really supportive of what I have been doing everywhere I go. It’s not necessarily just BC, it’s the experiences I have [everywhere].

I couldn’t help but ask that, if her fans could only take one thing from the album, what would she hope that to be. She laughed!

One thing!??! Oh I don’t know! I hope that they can just enjoy it. I want people to enjoy it and share it and hopefully feel something from it. I don’t know if that’s the right answer though…

Her songs inspire powerful emotions, spaced around lighter songs like the catchy “Shortie.” You can’t help but wonder what response she’s looking for, and what her hopes are.

I hope to be doing this for a long time, and I hope that people get something out of it too. I hope they get something that I get from it. [Music] is the most consistent thing in my life and it’s the thing that makes the most sense. That feeling that I get when I finish a song or listen to a great song… it is the only thing that makes me happy or makes me cry.

The song on the album that sat with me the most is “Somebody.” Though it seems to pair beautifully with any upsetting situation, she explained the story of where it really came from.

I basically fell in love with one of my really good friends and there was something there, a connection between the two of us. But at the end of it all, that person was just like “I can’t do this, I just want to be your friend more then anything.” At that exact moment I was like “AAAAHHH” [and] my heart was ripped out of my chest. It took me a long time to get over that.

It’s so funny. When you get struck by love you cant see clearly, and then all of a sudden you snap out of it and you’re like “Wow!”

I don’t know; it’s basically a song trying to get over [him] and wish that feeling upon [him]. That feeling of heartbreak and sadness.

When asked what her favourite song of the record was, she was at a loss for words.

All of them are kind of my babies. It’s like saying “who’s your favourite kid?” or “out of all your family members, who do you like the best?” When you put on a record you have your song that just jumps out at you. I go through phases.

When asked about her favourite part of making music, you could almost hear her smiling over the phone.

My favourite part is the moment after I write a song. [When] I am just like “Oh my God!” [Also] when somebody is like “You definitely inspired me.” I don’t think there is a better feeling in the world, actually.

Hopefully [my music] inspires them or sparks something in them, where they are like “This is what happened to me.” [Because] where I draw the inspiration from when I am writing that exact song, I don’t care [if it’s the same], I just want them to feel good!

Whether her songs will peel back the scabs of old memories or inspire you to tap a toe and hum a riff, this album is a must hear. You get ten tracks of pure awesome.

I will end with a clip from her recent performance for CBC Music. The song is called “Elephant,” and if I haven’t sold you on Georgas yet, pressing “play” should do the job just fine.

What’s your favourite Georgas song? Let us know in the comment section below!

Do you have an artist you would like us to review? Email me at Connor@GuySpy.com 

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