“Their debut album, Moments, builds on its promise with a succession of smartphone-aloft songs that belong on the same shelf as Jackson Brown, Arcade Fire and early Ben Howard. This is music for the great outdoors, with the wind in your hair and hope in your heart.” – Sunday Times (UK)
“The Brisbane duo reflect on little nostalgic moments, backed by stunning harmonies and acoustic guitars and piano” – Billboard
“I’m not crying, you’re crying. Damn, Matt and Ryan, this is beautiful, and Priscilla really lifts this to an ethereal special moment.”
Triple J, Pip Rasmussen (‘Lonely Nights’, 2021)“The self-reflective lyrics with the harmonising vocals combined with earthy folk acoustics are perfectly executed. Listening to this record, the world around us could disappear but we’d still be in bliss, with good energy surrounding us.” – Clash (UK)
“…The perfect playlist for lazy weekend afternoons during the coming summertime.” – Blank GC
Off the back of the gorgeous single Hello released in April, Brisbane’s Hollow Coves open up their arms and welcome fans and newcomers alike to their brand new EP, ‘Blessings’. The five-track collection of songs is marked by warmth and richness in songwriting; the duo of Matt Carins and Ryan Henderson thriving at a new creative peak.
Written and recorded by the band in their home studio on the Gold Coast, ‘Blessings’ came together during a time where togetherness felt far away. As the world paused and isolation became reality, Ryan and Matt turned inward, finding truths and stories in their respective pasts and putting them to song. From the emotional weight of Evermore to the horror story of a night gone wrong in From the Second Floor, Hollow Coves explore new territory, writing from a place of solitude for the first time.
Vocally, the band’s harmonies are at their best throughout the EP – some of their strongest recorded material to date. You could hear influences as varied as Holy Holy, The Middle East and The National strewn through Blessings; the title track and ‘Evermore’ hold particular emotional weight.
Producing Blessings themselves, Hollow Coves orchestrated everything from the ground up, giving its final product extra gravitas. “We had a bit of a different approach towards this EP. We didn’t really write these songs to fit together. We were just trying to write anything that came to us. Most of these songs were written during the Stay-at-Home COVID period. We also ended up recording and producing most of the songs ourselves. We built a small home studio during COVID and had to learn how to do everything from scratch. The process took quite a long time because we really had no idea what we were doing.” – Hollow Coves
Hollow Coves orchestrated everything from the ground up for a final collection of songs that found its sound through Ryan and Matt exploring the production side for the first time. In building their home-studio, the duo had a creative space to work through weeks of trial and error, landing on five songs that match their trademark rich harmonies, warm soundscapes and an underlying feeling of positivity that is uniquely Hollow Coves.
Set to tour the ‘Blessings’ EP throughout the year, Hollow Coves are excited to finally be able to get out on the road. It will serve as much as a reintroduction as it will be a chance to road test the new music live. Having accrued over 285 million streams, and over 100 million YouTube views, Hollow Coves’ global expansion in recent years has been bolstered by a dynamite live experience – it’s this experience that they’re stoked to share with audiences in Australia once more. “We’re super pumped to finally get back out on the road to play some shows! We can’t wait to share what we’ve been working on and just have fun. Playing shows is one of the biggest elements of what we do and we’re so grateful that people actually come and share the experience with us.” – Hollow Coves
To celebrate the release of ‘Blessings’, Hollow Coves kick off an almost SOLD OUT Australian run of shows in Brisbane TONIGHT before taking on dates on the Gold Coast, Sydney and Melbourne. In August, they’ll also be joining The Paper Kites on their national tour – tickets available through www.hollowcoves.com
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