'VESSEL OF LOVE'
Merge Records - 26.01.18
- West-London tropical pop star makes radiating waves with third LP.
- The Merge Records signee collaborates with legendary producer Martin ‘Youth’ Glover.
- BBC Radio playlisted following support on i-D, Noisey, Afropunk and Mass Appeal.
- World-wide tour stops in London for a Valentine Day special at The Jazz Cafe.
“A girl following her heart, there's a refreshing honesty to what Hollie Cook puts before us” – i-D
The tropical punk rock wonder, Hollie Cook, returns with her third solo effort, ‘Vessel of Love’, marking her first collaboration with legendary producer Martin ‘Youth’ Glover and renowned US Indie label Merge Records.
Having steadily built anticipation with her heavily rotated Mass Appeal-approved summer hit ‘Angel Fire’, and by dropping the double-sided heartbreak anthems ‘Survive’/’Freefalling’ on Afropunk and Refinery29, the West London Native proves her pop philosophy on ‘Vessel of Love’. In her own words, “the title-track is an ode to treating your mind and body right to get through those tougher emotional moments in life”.
From the initial jaunty saxophones and drums of ‘Angel Fire’ to the ‘spooky’, melancholic ballad that is ‘Far From Me’, Hollie’s artistry is as vibrant as the deep sea paradise depicted in Robin Eisenberg’s iconic cover art. The overarching mantra of the LP is amplified further by the presence of Killing Joke’s founding member, Youth, whose production credits include the likes of Guns N’ Roses, The Verve, Paul McCartney, U2. Cook describes the experience working with Glover: “His studios are flowing with inspiration, creative people, magic and beauty. It proved to be a very freeing experience and he brought the best out of the songs with his producer mastermind.” Constructing the tracks from the energies around her and fusing these with motifs of love (‘Survive’), loss (‘Turn it Around’), the world (‘Together’) and being good to one’s self (‘Stay Alive’), the record possesses Hollie’s most ambitious musical vision to date.
Kicking off her career when she dropped out of school to join family friend Ari Up on tour with female punk band The Slits, Hollie got a taste for the live arena early. Having since chalked up dates with Jaime T at Alexandra Palace and The Stone Roses at the personal request of Ian Brown, festival slots at Glastonbury, Boomtown and V, as well as performing on ‘Later... with Jools Holland’ and at a Maida Vale session for BBC Radio 1’s Huw Stephens, she now announces an extensive UK and European tour in support of the latest release.
Before changing tack, Hollie’s previous Prince Fatty-produced records, ‘Hollie Cook’, ‘Hollie Cook in Dub’ and ‘Twice’ all received critical acclaim across the board from both mainstream outlets and tastemakers alike, including i-D, Noisey, Esquire, Sunday Times, Independent, Time Out, Metro, NME, Q, Uncut and Huck. Whilst her singles continue to see a wash of consistent support from BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 2, BBC 6Music, BBC 1Xtra and Radio X.
Hollie Cook has a voice and energy that allures adoring crowds, and a shining vision encapsulated in her ever-maturing song writing. With firm roots in place and a fascinating course laid ahead, her commanding brand of lovers rock seems sure to see her rule the waves as her ‘Vessel of Love’ sets sail in 2018.
2018 TOUR DATES
Feb 06 - Bodega Nottingham, UK
Feb 07 - O2 Academy Birmingham, UK
Feb 08 - King Tuts Glasgow, UK
Feb 09 - Key Club Leeds, UK
Feb 11 - Gorilla Manchester, UK
Feb 13 - Thekla Bristol, UK
Feb 14 - Jazz Cafe London, UK
Feb 15 - The Haunt Brighton, UK
Feb 16 - Le Fuzz-Yon La Roche-Sur-Yon, France
Feb 17 - Hibernarock Festival Champs-Sur-Tarentaine, France
Feb 19 - De Helling Utrecht, Netherlands
Feb 20 - Merleyn Nijmegen, Netherlands
Feb 21 - Pan Piper Paris, France
Feb 22 - 88live Rennes, France
Feb 23 - La Ferne du Gwerdnandour Brasparts, France
Feb 24 - Echonova Saint-Avé, France
Mar 23 - Elsewhere Brooklyn, US
Mar 24 - ONCE Ballroom Boston, US
Mar 28 - The Independent San Francisco, US
Mar 29 - Teragram Ballroom Los Angeles, US