Incl. London Hammersmith Apollo – January 31
New single: ‘Enemies’ – out February 10
New album: Hannah Georgas – out now
Such a bare bones approach only works if each of the elements- voice, lyric and texture- are put to the service of great melodies. This album thrums with the things – Sunday Times Culture Album of The Week
Drop-dead delivery and wiseass lyrics hiding surging depths of emotion, Hannah Georgas is reminiscent of no one so much as the goddess Aimee Mann – Mojo
Elegantly understated yet passionately expressed; a feather cutting through concrete – Notion Magazine
What Georgas, as Feist before her, needed was a niche; and from the echoey, pulsing opening of ‘Elephant’ it’s clear that she has found one – The Arts Desk
Vancouverite Hannah Georgas will support City and Colour on his upcoming nine-date UK tour, including London Hammersmith Apollo on January 31, 2014, ahead of her new single ‘Enemies’, to be released on February 10. The live shows come off the back of the UK release of Georgas’ new album Hannah Georgas (out now on Dine Alone Records), which picked up press plaudits from the likes of Sunday Times Culture, Mojo and Notion upon its release in November 2013, in addition to Polaris Prize & JUNO nominations (Songwriter of The Year and Alternative Album of The Year) in Georgas’ native Canada. Recorded with Holy Fuck’s Graham Walsh, the self-titled album is the follow up to Georgas’ 2010 release This Is Good which also picked up JUNO nominations for Songwriter of The Year and Best New Artist, and a long-list for the Canadian Polaris Music Prize.
‘I want to press reset’ sings Hannah Georgas on the track ‘Robotic’ – and in a way, she’s done just that. A few years ago, when Georgas was first toting her guitar amidst the Vancouver music scene, she was known for her acoustic leanings. Then, the more intricate production backing the luscious vocals of her nascent recordings led to comparisons to Canada’s most favoured musical export, Feist. But, with Hannah Georgas– heavy on the electronics, but not the electronica- Georgas has found a new means of re-wiring her essentially singer/songwriter sensibility into complex studio soundscapes.
Key to this evolution in Hannah’s sound was the heavy involvement of Graham Walsh, member of Toronto electronica mavericks Holy Fuck, and certified production whizz. Walsh’s magpie approach to programmed sounds forged the eclectic framework to support Georgas’ tunes; “We wanted to make a record where these sounds could come to life and be recreated in a live setting” says Hannah. “I came to Graham with my guitar, and he brought his OP-1, Moog, other synths and pedals, and we jammed, sitting in a room together for almost 3 weeks doing pre-production. Graham was like a scientist, creating incredible sounds on his instruments”.
The dates will precede the release of Hannah’s new single ‘Enemies’ (Feb. 10) the latest to be taken from her well-received s/t album (see below for a bit more on that). You can listen to/share the new single from here:
If Hannah Georgas’ pulse comes out of heady programming, the ghost in this album’s machine is still very much tender, astute, sassy, and alluringly human.
Live w/ City and Colour
21 January NEWCASTLE 02 Academy
25 January LEEDS 02 Academy
26 January GLASGOW 02 Academy
28 January MANCHESTER Apollo
30 January BIRMINGHAM O2 Academy
31 January LONDON Hammersmith Apollo
1 February NORWICH Norwich Nick Ryans
3 February BOURNEMOUTH 02 Academy
4 February BRIGHTON Dome
Hannah has also this week unveiled a cover version of ‘Bye Bye Love’ in tribute to Phil Everly, which you can listen to/share from here: