Hannah Georgas is having a hell of a year. After the Torontonian singer-songwriter released two well-received singles at the start of spring, Dreams dropped this month, and it is exactly the post-indie, avant-garde ballad for the times.
Produced by The National’s multi-instrumentalist Aaron Dessner, Dreams is a series of extraordinary layers that combine into a memorising and shadowy experience. The overdubs, harmonies and reverb set the vocal performance apart from its contemporaries and produce a very immersive adventure. She leaves you hanging on every word and utterly floored by her genuine vulnerability. The music creates the perfect backdrop to Dreams; crisp and airy, yet textured and dense, while the beat keeps the sparse and wandering instruments grounded and adds a sense of drama to the occasion.
A rousing stir of emotive exploration into relationships, the deconstruction of insecurities and the beginning of a long but well worth recovery, Dreams is a masterclass of intimate and vulnerable songwriting. The level of maturity shown and brevity of the music produces a concise and dreamy experience. “I only thought I could find you in dreams I’ve had”.