"I put pressure on myself for the last record, but for the most part I'm just trying to get that crap out of my head."
Hannah Georgas sits cross-legged on empty bleachers at a Vancouver baseball diamond. Behind her, an elderly couple sorts bottles in the sunshine. Then a pre-school lets out. Finally a herd of teenage boys runs past. The ridiculous distractions somehow make it easier to have a candid conversation about anxiety and love, and how the two influenced Georgas' fantastic, self-titled, second album.
Her first anxiety attack was in university. "My mom even said when I was a little kid that I was always a worrier," she laughs. Fans saw her channel that fretting into her debut, 2010's This is Good, which detailed romantic dramas and heartache ― despite the fact that she was officially single until just last year. On Hannah Georgas, she's writing about and for herself, which is perhaps why no other title seemed to work, despite endless brainstorming.
"I'm better at myself, now," she says. "More confident. When you're like that, you can let people in more and have better relationships." The life changes manifested subtly but distinctively on the new record. While more contemplative and pensive, lyrically, the album's actually more upbeat thanks to an influx of electronica to bolster the singer/songwriter vibe.
"I thought hard about what kind of music I really like, and what makes me want to listen to a song over and over," Georgas says. "One of my favourites is 'Make Love' by Daft Punk. It's just the same chords over and over and over, and the lyric is 'make love.'" She laughs. "I could walk around all day just letting that be my theme song. I just wanted to get closer to that feeling and make music that rings true to that."