Indie artists can be a mixed bag, while usually some of the most honest and hearty music, the sound can be weak, repetitive or just downright mixed badly. But Hannah Georgas managed to avoid a lot of that, partly thanks to help from Mother Mother’s Ryan Guldemond and her downright knack for songwriting too.
Her sophomore, self-titled release is a great album that has more variety of sound and amazing mixing than you’d ever expect from an indie artist whose debut’s closest thing to a synth was a heavily effect-driven guitar. Georgas’ vocals are something amazing too, really pushing an already amazing sounding album to ear candy.
“Robotic” is an ambient song that manages to be driving at the same time, every time it hits its chorus the mix of the synths and Hannah’s voice create a wash of sound that creates an atmosphere for your mind to wander. “Millions” is the surprisingly straightforward and driving song, where Hannah brings the advantages of indie, saying “What the fuck, how come I can’t” with ease every time. “Shortie” is a surprisingly lewd song, given that Georgas is pretty much taking a hip-hop clubbing song lyrically and dressing it up with her more innocent sounding music, to make one of the best songs on the album.
“Enemies” starts pretty held back, only giving Georgas’ enchanting vocals to hold on to and eventually some pounding drums, but when it hits its chorus it explodes into a brilliant soundscape that carries the listener away once again. “Somebody” is a lower energy song about old loves and how their lack of empathy can drive one mad. Opening on an “Oxford Comma” drum line, “What You Do To Me” is much like a synth version of “Somebody.”
“Waiting Game” is an open feeling song that flows in a sea of synth sounds both driving and ambient, a good song to relax to. Lastly is the tribute song “Ode To Mom” that Georgas really wrote for her mom after a family loss and the emotion comes through to make it one of the best songs on the album when its chorus bursts with life and pain, as well as some amazing beauty, gaining a cosmic quality to it.
Tomorrow I’ll talk about Georgas’ early work and debut.