With a cascading drumroll that falls into a deliberate stride, Toronto singer-songwriter Georgia Harmer’s debut single "Headrush" (November 3, Arts & Crafts) paints a picture of a wise and defiant new artist. Her striking voice is a cross-hatching of Joni Mitchell’s birdsong, the emotional vulnerability of Adrianne Lenker and the seductive tones of Hope Sandoval, with music built from rich melodies accompanied confidently by electric guitar draped in distortion, and anchored by a patient yet powerful backbeat. Coming from a strong bloodline of artists and poets, including aunt and labelmate Sarah Harmer, Georgia cut her teeth as a backing vocalist for Alessia Cara.
"Headrush" is a slow burn with melodic release - the song is alight with electricity, but tinged with the melancholy of late summer. Georgia sings “Hours go by / Let’s drink up the sky / And spend some time / Being little kids,” evoking that youthful time when halcyon days crystalize into infinite song. Louder and even dreamier in the chorus, Georgia intones with a touch of the macabre: "Maybe when I die / If I could choose to stay / Instead of in my mind / Could I live inside this day." Recorded live off the floor with friends crammed into the corner of a converted West Toronto garage, "Headrush" embodies that DIY essence, harnessing lightning in slow, measured doses.
Georgia’s music is sweetness personified, but with a depth of emotion, style, and hunger that belies her twenty-two years. "I miss moments when I’m no longer in them," Georgia says. "'Headrush' is about wanting to go back to a moment and be completely present. Back to that summer day I didn’t realize was heaven until it had passed, only grasping its potency in retrospect." Georgia makes an unignorable first statement with "Headrush," a knowing introduction.