EVES THE BEHAVIOR is certainly no wallflower. With a hint of mystery and an allure of hopefulness hidden behind a symmetrical hair-do, the twenty-one year old Hannah Karydas is part ingénue, part heroine and a wholly genuine artist. After her break-out singles ‘Heavy’ and ‘Zen’ took over the airwaves and internet alike her musical pieces have evolved from what she called ‘experiments’ to thought-provoking character studies told in a sensual and heady vocal range, set to intricately textured melodies and silky-smooth beats.
“Most of my lyrics are like behavioural studies,” she says. “I like to write about my observations of others that I guess are really just mirroring observations of things I do myself.”
Few young musicians have quite the steady vision and kaleidoscopic ambition in which EVES THE BEHAVIOR sets her sights on – and an unusual sight it is – the Brisbane singer, songwriter and producer has synesthesia. A condition that elicits an experience of mixed senses – and in Hannah’s case, certain elements trigger and become colours in her mind.
“As a child I used to notice my friend’s name, Jordan, was orange,” Hannah recounts, but her vivid stimulus also reacts to music. “Listening to “Bound 2” by Kanye West means that the sampled backup singing girls “bound to fall in love” are very golden yellow. “Ah huh honey” is frosty pink. When Kanye starts the song turns rich deep red. “I know you’re tired of loving” sample is a cinnamon colour.”
This rare sense affects and influences her own music – allowing Hannah to figuratively paint her music. From matching tones to contrasting colours her songs capture the shades and hues she see’s with each beat. “In my head my single ‘Zen’ is very orange/dirty gold-flecked with a dark maroon.”
But Hannah ensures that are songs aren’t just a spectrum of bright colour. She is particularly interested in drawing out the shadow and darkness within her music.
“My ambition as an artist – my obsession – is writing about this idea that we are all half as bad as we are good. This idea that maybe we are all one inch away from being that person on the news we’ve so quickly said we’ll never be. I’m an advocate for boredom and frustration and even for melancholy and sadness, and feeling okay about it. My favourite author Alain de Botton sums it up perfectly: “people only get really interesting when they start to rattle the bars of their cages”.
Growing up in far North Queensland, Hannah travelled the world through books and her parent’s record collection before she was old enough to journey overseas’ herself. Instilling in her an appreciation of words and ultimately lyrics, these inward-adventures add a layer of poetic, literate meaning to her songs that resonate with any listener.
As influenced by Internet-hyper-pop as she is lyrical eloquence, Hannah covers the vast musical territory that blurs the line between pop and experimentalism that has quickly won her listeners from around the world – from folk fans that her drawn to her curious voice and clever lyricism, to electronic music enthusiasts that are drawn to her textured and deftly spun samples. After a stunning showcase at Big Sound and Laneway Festival 2015, the future is looking as bright as it is multi-coloured for EVES THE BEHAVIOR.