Since the 2012 release of her self-titled album, Hannah Georgas has been one of our favourite indie artists. Her ability to sculpt enveloping atmospheres of sound that lift you into narrated musical dream worlds has grown only more powerful on her latest album. For Evelyn is a deeply personal and introspective album resulting in a mature and cohesive collection of songs. As Georgas reflects on the fear of losing her mother, the pain of her father’s death, her struggle to believe in herself, and her admiration for her grandmother (for whom the album is named after), her soft upper register delivers the lyrics of loss, self-doubt, fear and precious moments of joy with undoubted sincerity. Produced by Graham Walsh (Holy Fuck) and mixed by Nicolas Vernhes (The War on Drugs), For Evelyn is a foggy haze of a soundscape thick with warm horns, fuzzy synths and Georgas’s tender, distant vocals. Powered by Georgas’s emotionally charged vocals, her fearlessly honest lyrics and the beautiful craftsmanship of the album, For Evelyn was named one of SBTS‘s 10 Best Indie Albums of 2016.
Hannah Georgas recently shared with Stories Behind The Songs the story behind the creation of For Evelyn:
“In the fall of 2014 I started working on this album. At the time I was living in my apartment in Vancouver and had just finished my last album cycle. I made an effort to write as much as I possibly could for 6 months. I wrote a lot of songs during that span of time but 20 or so made the cut. In the spring of 2015 I moved to Toronto and began the recording process with my producer Graham Walsh. We worked on and off on the album up until the end of 2015. I went through a lot of transition during that whole process. I had been living on the West Coast for 12 years and decided it was time to head back east. I think this album reflects a lot of change and introspection that was going on in my life at the time.”
Now Hannah Georgas dives further into the album and shares the stories behind each song on For Evelyn with Stories Behind The Songs. Here is an inside look Behind The Album, Track by Track:
I had been working all day on an idea and I was feeling like it was kind of going nowhere. I took a little break from that path and started messing around with a saxophone preset on my keyboard. The lyrics just spewed out of me while I was playing this sax riff. The song was finished in under an hour I think. It’s always amazing when a moment like that happens in songwriting. It feels like it’s a little gift that has been given to you from an outside source.