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May 6, 2014

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Hannah Georgas
London Shackewell Arms – May 15
The Great Escape – May 8 & 10

A propulsive indie-pop earworm capped by Georgas’ snaky vocals Vice
Blends clever, heartfelt lyrics with dark pop synths Daily Telegraph
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 MannMojo
Elegantly understated yet passionately expressed; a feather cutting through concreteNotion Magazine
A melancholic slice of electropop, showing off silky Feist-like vocals The Independent
The minimal electronics are a fine backdrop for her lovely voice Evening Standard
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 returns to the UK this May for a run of live shows, including a headline at London Shackewell Arms on May 15, and 2 appearances at this year’s Great Escape festival on May 8 & 10. The live dates follow the UK release of Georgas’ critically acclaimed new album Hannah Georgas (out now through Dine Alone Records) and a UK tour in January alongside Dine Alone labelmate City & Colour.

Hannah Georgas 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 on lead 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”.

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
May 8 BRIGHTON The Great Escape The Blind Tiger
May 10 BRIGHTON The Great Escape The Brighthelm Centre
May 15 LONDON Shackewell Arms http://www.gigsandtours.com/event/hannah-georgas/the-shacklewell-arms/781798

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