Inventing nightmares while you should be dreaming? This song is for you…
Georgie Hanson continuously resonates with those of us struggling with inner turmoil.Her powerful vocals are amplified by the jazz infused instrumentals. The upbeat rhythm contrast the heavy weight of her raw lyrics, reflecting that while many of us may stand strong, smile and get things done, we feel vacant inside. This unfamiliar feeling of dancing through chaos is what Hanson wishes to achieve, she says “I love writing sad songs you can dance too, whether it be about a break up or a quarter life crisis”. This song is all about crisis control when it feels you lack all sense of solidity.
We invent nightmares when we should be sleeping, you’re in an abyss which has no pit, enforced by the dying light of a once promising potential. There is no guarantee in what should be. How can we be guided when we have lost our sense of direction, our chosen path suddenly leads to a dead end and there are no diversions?
The disorientation is beautifully captured in Hanson’s accompanying video to her latest single.Filmed in Glasgow the wide camera angle paired with the desolate streets and darkness reflect the isolation amplified by the vastness of a new place.Hanson worked with Glasgow based cinematographer Stuart Alexander to express how our insecurities isolate us. We feel we are drifting through this chaos watching it all unfold unable to influence the tides, as the waves inside drown us. Songs such as 2am teach us to sail the sea that settles in all of us.
For Georgie this song helped her structure the fluidity that comes with the shock of being 21, the dissonance in feeling you should have your life sorted out by now while knowing you’re still young enough. Barely an adult, yet it feels time is running out to get back on track, to get back to yourself. Hanson, now 25, explained how this song helped her retain a sense of who she was during these tumultuous years…
” I had a huge shock entering my adult years, all my life events went from having minimal responsibility to major.Writing about this experience in 2am allowed me to process the changes that I was faced with, helping me to maintain an overall sense of identity.”
With her infectious melodies and captivating vocals it is no surprise that 2AM has already received radio play from Alister Williams host of ‘That 70’s Radio Show’ leading her to a feature BBC Introducing with Hannah Fletcher. This success continues her path of colourful accolades since her debut single Roads and Paths in 2018 received over 6k streams.
It is clear there is a fruitful future for Hanson with 55 monthly listeners on Spotify and an upcoming gig at the Ranby Festival on the 27th of August. Buy tickets here.