Away from a stage or a microphone, George might seem more inclined to simply shoot the breeze. Yet like nature itself, which with little warning can stir from merest whispers into a devastating tempest, through music O’Hanlon has the power to connect with some truly elemental forces.
Earlier this year, George released his debut EP, The Storm a release full of smoldering beauty. From the gentle acoustic opening of the title-track, O’Hanlon’s bare emotions are there for all to feel, vocally running a spectrum from earthy to angelic, before the song first swells and then bursts with an intense passion worthy of its title.
The four tracks are an immersive gust of horizon-spanning passion that ebbs and flows between raw feelings and warming emotional embers. Accompanying ‘Storm’ is the vividly drawn ‘This Town’, which simmers with hope and frustration; ‘The Weight’ shimmers between a fragility yet a firm resolution, while ‘Explanation’ is an intoxicating flare of heart-stirring fireworks. O’Hanlon’s vocals fizz with scuffed-up personal experience, yet when they need to, soar with a fresh personal passion.
Yet though comfortable writing his own songs, initially his music remained a private passion. Eventually, it became a case of maybe playing just one show, just to see…
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