‘Rideback’ is today’s BOOM! Track of the Day and comes from the talented Canadian singer-songwriter Hannah Georgas.
Released last month the track is intimate, beautiful and charming. Taken from the artists sophomore album ‘For Evelyn’ (named after her 98 year old Grandmother) the artist seems to have grown in stature since her self-titled debut. It’s genuine strong song-writing with a moreish quality that demands multiple re-listens.
There are an impressive array of contributors to the new album such as Graham Walsh who produced the album and Nicolas Vernhes (The War on Drugs, Animal Collective, Dirty Projectors, etc) who mixed the album. Georgas also collaborates with artists such as Andy Shauf and Ryan Guldemond.
GIGsoup spoke to the artist about her new material….
‘Rideback’ is your new single from your new new album ‘For Evelyn’ which came out on the 24th June through Dine Alone Records. What is the story behind the song and what made you pick it as your new single?
Thank you! I wrote most of the album on a synth in my Vancouver apartment. There’s a preset on the keyboard that has a really great sax sound. I wrote Rideback using that saxophone preset. I had been writing a different song all day and getting nowhere with it. I discovered that sound and the song came together really quickly. Graham and I found an amazing saxophone player named Joseph Shabason in Toronto to replicate what I wrote on the synth. I thought it would be a really interesting way to open the album.
You have been nominated for a JUNO/Polaris Prize and you have had very positive reviews. What is your most memorable achievement you have had to date and what is your next milestone?
It’s always nice to receive acknowledgement for my songwriting because I work really hard at it. Being nominated a couple times for that feels good. I want to play Jimmy Fallon and Ellen! I love them both and I’m a big fan of their work.
Your new album was produced by Graham Walsh and you have had many notable collaborations on this album. What did this album mean to you musically and otherwise and what was it like working with these people?
I feel fortunate to get the opportunity to do what I love full time and work with people who inspire me.
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You have quite an alt-rock vibe in your music, is this naturally the area you want to pursue, and who are your main influences?
For some reason I have a hard time defining myself and being really specific about what category I fit into, as far as genres go. I listen to a bunch of different kinds of music. I listened a lot of Michael and Janet Jackson when I was kid. I’m classically trained in piano. My dad loved blues and boogie woogie music. My mom loves smooth and easy listening.
How would you describe your sound in 6 words to new fans?
Pop, singer-songwriter, electronic influenced, emotional, indie.
Being from Canada, how do your UK audiences differ from others?
I worked a lot in Canada and feel like I have a lot of support. UK is a little more fresh. I started to get things going on my last album. I’ve been able to get out there a few times and have had really positive experiences.
How would you describe your musical process?
It usually begins with a melody that’s floating around in my head and a lyrical idea. I’ll sit down at my keyboard or my guitar and start playing around. It’s not always in that order but that’s naturally how things come about. I tried really hard to find different approaches on this album. I think it’s always great to find different ways approach my writing and to challenge yourself.
With an industry so competitive with many new bands and artists coming through how do you distinguish yourself from your competitors?
That’s a tough question. I strive really hard to write music that both inspires me and feels authentic to me.
What plans do you have for the rest of 2016 anything exciting coming up?
I’m heading out on an US tour with Boy and Bear for the next couple of weeks. I’m playing a few shows this summer and then embarking on Canadian/US headlining stuff in the fall as well as the UK/Europe.
This Hannah Georgas article was written By Sarah Ebockayuk, GIGsoup Track of the Day Editor. Photo by: Vanessa Heins