Hannah Georgas shares “Same Mistakes” produced by Aaron Dessner of The National (Brassland/Arts & Crafts)

May 18, 2020


In March, Toronto’s Hannah Georgas shared her single “That Emotion,” the first look at her forthcoming collaboration with producer Aaron Dessner of The National. The track arrived alongside the announcement of her signing to Brassland (the imprint co-founded by Aaron & Bryce Dessner) and Toronto indie stalwart Arts & Crafts, and made an immediate impact, earning high praise from outlets like The FADERStereogumAmerican SongwriterBrooklynVeganExclaimThe Line of Best Fit and Consequence of Sound, who dubbed Georgas “a new generation’s Feist,” one of several outlets to draw favorable comparisons to Georgas’ fellow Canadian songwriter. 

Now Georgas is sharing a second single from her work with Dessner, a track entitled “Same Mistakes.” A counterpoint to the insistent pulse of her first single, “Same Mistakes” is a deeply personal song about reckoning with the past, presented in a bracingly vulnerable context. Georgas’ singular voice is framed by a sparse, clockwork-like machinery of production that shifts in and out of focus around the arresting central force of her nuanced and subtly powerful performance.

“Over the years I’ve been recognizing patterns and habits I’ve created in order to protect myself in situations that are difficult,” Georgas explains. “I’m becoming more aware of how much my upbringing has had an affect on me. This song was inspired by learning how to accept the past and recognize when things come up and trying to learn to from them.

“Aaron and I tried a couple of versions of it before we found this one. I originally wrote it on guitar and I ended up finding a different arrangement for it on the piano. Towards the end of my time with  Aaron, we re-recorded this- tracking piano and vocals first. He came up with a repetitive bass line and drum loop. He started playing these beautiful guitar slide parts that felt like whale calls. We were recording it in the evening and I remember listening and looking out the window and seeing a beautiful bright moon and clear dark sky. It was a really memorable and magical moment.”

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