"Tell me that I'm something worth your while" is one lyric which echoes and captures the essence of Hannah Georgas' third album, For Evelyn.

The album carries on from her 2012 self-titled record as it takes us through her experiences of love and self-perception. Written and produced with Holy Fuck's Graham Walsh, she stares her fears straight on in her unique brand of pop which is rich-sounding and charming in its honesty. From the urgent disco of 'Evelyn', the soaring ballad of 'Walls' and yearning 'Looking For An Angel', it is her most palpable and affecting record.

Ultimately, it is an album about challenging inner narratives and anxieties - accepting the deep-rooted feelings life's circumstances can trigger in us. Andrew Darley chatted to Hannah about the personal significance of these new songs and how her grandmother, whom the album is dedicated to, is a resilient guiding force in overcoming her insecurities. For Evelyn underlines a relatable and inimitable personality and arguably the strongest pop album of 2016 so far.

When you began writing this album, was the aim to further explore ideas from previous records or to start a new chapter entirely?

It's more so about starting a new chapter but there is a progression of who I am and how I write. It's new in the sense that I sat down and pushed myself to do different things. There are similarities to my older albums but I went into this with a fresh mind. During the writing process, I did everything on keys whereas before I was writing mainly on my guitar.

The lyrics are stark in how honest you are about anxiety and the pains of adulthood. You and Graham Walsh must have a certain level of trust to delve into these ideas with him?

We have a great relationship together from working on my last record together. He's become a really good friend of mine - he's like a big brother now. We sit down and listen to records together and talk things out. He's innovative with the sounds he likes to find. He's really on top of getting crazy gear that nobody else has. There's a great trust between us.

Sometimes writing can be a little tricky and he will push me. That's what happens in the recording process; you sit in a room with somebody, throw stuff at a wall and see what comes out. With songs that weren't as realised, I tried to have that patience to see where they needed to go. Some of the songs we flipped them upside down and took it in another direction. After a recording session, I'd walk home and listen to whatever we made. It's great to feel really inspired by what you just worked on and reflecting on what we created together. This album has made me want to produce more in the future.

Most of your lyrics spell out exactly how you feel and they don't dress it up in metaphor.

I'm inspired when something emotionally affects me and that's how it comes out the easiest. Some songs don't show themselves right away and others do. I set a chunk of time aside after my last record and made the decision to write every single day for five months to see what came out. Some days it was really hard but that's the process. Someone has a quote that says when you first turn on a tap that hasn't been used in years it'll come out brown before it turns clear. You have to keep working that muscle.

You moved back to Ontario after being in Vancouver for 8 years, did it feel like you were going back as a different person?

I moved to Victoria in Canada about 12 years ago for university and decided three years in that I really wanted to do music so I moved to Vancouver and spent eight years there. In the last two years of living there, I had the desire to leave. It did feel like my home and I had a good chapter there but I had a feeling to get back home. The main reason was my family. I had been gone from my mom for 12 years now and I wanted to be close to her. I knew I had to leave.

Why did you choose to dedicate the album to your grandmother?

I started thinking about the album title last summer. I'm in awe of her because she's just seen so much. She is almost 100 and still healthy. Growing up, I've never seen her as anything other than this blanket of loveliness. She's always been patient - she helps everyone before she helps herself. She's super selfless. Given that the feeling of this record is very self-reflective and I sing a lot about my fears and anxieties, I see her as someone who has risen above all of that. The record isn't about her but an acknowledgement.

She's like a moral compass to you. The album opens with 'Rideback' which is about the fear of life passing you by. Do you feel a pressure that you're not reaching your potential?

I don't necessarily feel that, but I do believe I could potentially wake up one day and feel it. That's what anxiety or fear does to you: it makes you second-guess everything. On that song, it's about the state of where the world is at too. It's an overwhelming feeling I have especially with the Internet. It's about not knowing what's going to happen next and being overwhelmed by it all.

Would you say you're hard on yourself as a person in general?

Extremely! I'm very, very hard on myself. Maybe it comes from high expectations of myself or how I was raised in having them set upon me in my family. Over the years, it's rubbed off on me. I'm very particular and a perfectionist, to a fault!

On 'Waste' you sing "I'm never going to do right in your eyes." Was that about learning how to disengage from others opinions?

You pinned it! It's about realising that no matter how hard you try in life someone will say something to make you feel like shit. The song is about acknowledging that and trying to get past it. There's a lyric "I can admit it now, I see these patterns in myself, the person I've become, running has all become part of the fun." I accept those expectations have affected me but I'm going to let it go.

A lot of the time when we get caught up in it, we reach a point where we are just feeling our thoughts.

You're right. Everything is a frame of mind. It really is mind over matter.

When you write music about a difficult situation, does it offer a sense of clarity?

For sure, it really helps me. When a song feels completely finished or one that you're really excited about, there's no other feeling like it. It's the best feeling.

Although these songs explore self-esteem and uncertainty, there's also a lot of joy on the record - 'Naked Beaches' and 'Crazy Shit' are very playful.

The album is based on how sometimes life can feel so easy and we can feel powerful and on top of things and then in one moment it can be turned around and you feel like you have you're nothing. I've always had that issue and I wonder if it'll ever go or change when I'm 100! I had fun writing those songs and I wanted them to be a part of it. It's almost like the two sides of myself. In my everyday life, I'm generally a very happy person but I tap into other things too.

Regarding those negative feelings, do you feel you've learnt how to challenge them?

I'm getting better at it. I know how to get myself out of it which I'm really thankful for. I also know when I start to go there. I have really good friends that I talk to and I know that the best thing I can do is exercise. I find running clears all the junk out of my brain, it puts everything back into check for me. It is about talking yourself out of it. Like we said earlier, it's all about perspective and your state of mind. Your mind can do really fucked up things to you. As I've gotten older, I've realised that maybe I'm prone to depression. It might be forever, I'm still figuring it out. I now know how to snap out of it.

In terms of career path, are there any artist who has inspired you in how they carry themselves or the way they work?

I love Fiona Apple. She came out at the time when the singer-songwriter and female music was huge. She recently put out a record. It's a scary thing to think whether it's going to be good after the time passed but she nailed it. A lot of females from that time have put out records since but you might only like it because you like their old stuff. For me, a good artist is when they can continue to make great music and have the ability to inspire.

Where do you hope this album will bring you?

I hope that a lot of people respond to it and the people who have been fans enjoy it. I hope I have a good life-cycle with it. I want to go from where I left off and make it bigger.

For Evelyn is out now.