Album review: I’d Be Lying If I Said I Didn’t Care by Hannah Georgas

The Vancouver-based artist portrays compassion and good feelings in latest album

Vancouver-based artist Hannah Georgas' fifth studio album I'd Be Lying If I Said I Didn’t Care showcases a soft melody with meaningful lyrics. (Submitted)

Vancouver-based artist Hannah Georgas’ fifth studio album I’d Be Lying If I Said I Didn’t Care showcases a soft melody with meaningful lyrics. (Submitted)

Vancouverites seeking some new indie rock to enjoy before summer ends can find it in singer-songwriter Hannah Georgas’ fifth album I’d Be Lying If I Said I Didn’t Care. The 12-track playlist was released on Aug. 25 by Toronto label Arts & Crafts Productions. The soundtrack is relaxing and serene with an array of stories only indie music can tell right.

Georgas, originally from Ontario, moved to Vancouver, British Columbia to pursue post-secondary studies, only to leave that plan to join our local music scene. From being nominated in the Juno Awards last year to announcing an international tour she’s currently on, her musical career has prospered.  

The artist adorns her album with the easygoing nature and reassuring warmth of indie rock. Georgas mesmerizes listeners with soft guitar strums, muffled drum hits, and fuzzy synth harmonies. Her lyricism conveys the beautiful theme about yearning to live our lives as healthy emotional sanctuaries, despite the long pathways to get there.

The track “Home” is the best piece by far for its mixture of soft and energetic arrangements synergizing with wholesome vocals. There’s also an indie synth, distant guitar riffs, and tight drum accents that add to the endearing mood of the piece. The song would be perfect for any indie drama closing with an iconic car ride back from summer vacation. 

Georgas not only instills delightful imagery but the theme of choosing what kind of person you want to be for yourself. The song “Not The Name You Say” captures this struggle of sticking with who you are through distorted synth twangs melding with louder drum beats. Georgas’ vocals take over and evolve into indie-style shoutouts as electronic trills follow suit. She declares personhood can change, but it’s unique to the one who embraces it. 

Nearing the album’s end, Georgas provides some short tracks where she has just enough room to spend time with them as meditative interludes. Lasting for just over a minute, “Virgo In Me” has heavy synth pings that, along with Georgas’s subdued vocals, sounds like a musical box starting to play as the toy figure inside it revolves rhythmically to the tune. The Vancouver artist proves she always has a precious moment up her sleeve. 

As far as critiques go, Georgas could have pushed the tone of her repertoire even further, using “Home” as an indie template for her other songs. Nonetheless, her album is worth listening to at least once from first-time listeners. Her newest work will be the most appealing to long-time fans. 

Overall, Hannah Georgas’s I’d Be Lying If I Said I Didn’t Care delivers everything you’d expect from current indie rock. It’s going to take a few listens before the music’s content hits you and you understand what Georgas is tinkering with musically and thematically. In any case, if you want indie vibes during your adventures, then this soundtrack is all you need.

Final Score: 8/10

Favourite Tracks: “Not The Name You Say,” “Fake Happy,” “Home,” “This Too Shall Pass.”