Blending 70’s groove, sunshine pop, and neo-psych, with lyrical sarcasm, Australian/English band Greatest Hits is the project of artist, Ryan Cooper, and a collective of friends from around the globe – From the North of England to the South of France, LA to Nashville, coming together somewhat “accidentally”, on the east coast of Australia. This week (on Wednesday July 29) they shared the brand new track Trying – listen here.
Trying follows their last releases Phil, Slow It Down which got added to Triple J and Mortals which caught the attention of Huw Stephens and BBC Radio 1 in the UK. The band finished these songs with the help of producer / mixer Sean Cook (Bombay Bicycle Club, MGMT, Best Coast).
Trying takes the perspective of someone, who fully embraces the challenge of trying to measure up to somebody else’s version of success. Frontman Ryan Cooper shares:
“After returning to Australia, I found myself having conversations with people I hadn’t spoken to in ages and started noticing a subtle undertone in their questions. It lead me to realize that way too often, people are measured according to some “success metric”, rather than WHO and HOW they are.”
The single is paired with a beautiful and textural music video. It was filmed and directed by Benjamin Robinson, in locations around Maryborough, Queensland, where Chelsea grew up. Ryan shares:
“We wanted the video to have a somewhat ‘luxury’ feel, but restrict ourselves to using only second hand, borrowed, or personal items. We liked how this parallels with the relentless attempt to make things appear better than they actually are.”
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