The opening moments of Hannah Georgas’ sprawling and lyrically-evocative new album, For Evelyn, highlights Hannah’s seemingly endless capacity for crafting textured pop songs that confound her audience’s expectations, setting the stage for her most ambitious and personal record yet. With its dreamy soundscape, For Evelyn is named after Hannah’s “compassionate, patient, kind and beautiful” 98-year-old grandmother, who has been a lifelong inspiration to her. Produced in collaboration with Graham Walsh (Holy Fuck), they explore a variety of effects that alternate between playful, suggestive, funky, and foreboding, adding depth to Hannah’s compositions. For Evelyn offers an intimate front row seat to the vast spectrum of Hannah’s emotional highs and lows with buoyant tracks like the sweeping single “Don’t Go”, to beautifully haunting lower tempo heart-rending songs. Mixed by Nicolas Vernhes (Wye Oak, War On Drugs, Daughter) the album features Andy Shauf, Howie Beck and Ryan Guildemond.
Over two full-length albums, This is Good (2010) and 2012’s self-titled follow-up, Hannah has traversed a carefully constructed soundscape that never fails to surprise and enchant its listener. Since her debut, the Toronto-based musician has won numerous awards and racked up multiple nominations, including four JUNO nods, for everything from Best New Artist to Songwriter of the Year. Hannah has toured the world, sharing stages with the likes of Kathleen Edwards, City and Colour, and Sara Bareilles, playing everywhere from Madison Square Garden to the LA Greek Theatre. Hannah’s music has also been featured on HBO’s hit show, Girls.