With a day to go before the release of her third album ‘Vessel of Love’, Hollie Cook reveals not just all the tracks but some deep insights in to the new record via Noisey. The interview uncovers the period of depression and anxiety prior to teaming up with super producer and Killing Joke’s bassist, Youth, and explains how the end result is an outpouring of heart warming love and feeling…
“A girl following her heart, there’s a refreshing honesty to what Hollie Cook puts before us” – i-D
Hollie Cook’s third album and Merge debut ‘Vessel of Love’ is streaming exclusively on Noisey ahead of its official release. Following the BBC-backed singles ‘Stay Alive’ and ‘Angel Fire’ the highly anticipated album has now been revealed.
Cook’s music career commenced early when family friend and punk trailblazer Ari Up asked Cook, age 19 at the time, to join the raucous ’70s feminist UK post-punk outfit The Slits for their reformation in 2006. She thrived on being thrown into the deep end and quickly cut her teeth with four years of back-to-back shows around the globe. Her talents recognized and nurtured, she then released her first solo album ‘Hollie Cook’ in 2011, with a revered 2012 dub album follow-up, while singles such as ‘Milk & Honey’ and ‘That Very Night’ gained support from influential radio stations across Europe. After performing at The Stone Roses concert at Manchester’s Heaton Park at the personal request of Ian Brown, and her hypnotic performance on the prestigious Later…With Jools Holland, the way was paved for Hollie’s solo career to take off.
Acclaimed legendary producer Martin “Youth” Glover is Cook’s most recent collaborator, lending his venerable production expertise to ‘Vessel of Love’. His success with Killing Joke is only surpassed by his enduring reputation as one of the most prolific producers in the UK. “I’m very honoured to work with Hollie, one of the most exciting emerging singers and writers over the last ten years,” says Glover. Hollie Cook sits in good company on his impressive production list, joining the likes of Paul McCartney, Tom Jones, The Verve, Primal Scream, Pink Floyd, and Depeche Mode. Glover describes Cook’s songs as “sharp lyrical observations and clever wordplay combined with an exquisite and informed pop sensibility,” and they are only elevated by Glover’s production on Vessel of Love, in particular the singles ‘Survive’ and ‘Freefalling’ as well as deeper cuts like ‘Ghostly Fading’ and ‘Together’.
There is still time left to pre-order Vessel of Love on CD or translucent pink ‘Peak Vinyl’ in the Merge store, from these participating independent record stores, or via these digital music providers.
Next month, Cook hits the road in the UK – including an already sold-out Valentine’s Day show at the Jazz Café in London – before heading to Europe and then Stateside. Grab your tickets today before the show nearest you sells out.
EU and UK Tour Dates:
Wed 07 Feb 2018 UK, Manchester, Gorilla
Thu 08 Feb 2018 UK, Glasgow, King Tuts
Fri 09 Feb 2018 UK, Leeds, The Key Club
Sat 10 Feb 2018 UK, Birmingham, Academy 3
Sun 11 Feb 2018 UK, Nottingham, Bodega
Tue 13 Feb 2018 UK, Bristol, Thekla
Wed 14 Feb 2018 UK, London, Jazz Café
Thu 15 Feb 2018 UK, Brighton, The Haunt
Fri 16 Feb 2018 France, La Roche-Sur-Yon, Le Fuzz-Yon
Sat 17 Feb 2018 France, Champs-Sur-Tarentaine, Hibernarock Festival
Mon 19 Feb 2018 Netherlands, Utrecht, De Helling
Tue 20 Feb 2018 Netherlands, Nijmegen, Merleyn
Wed 21 Feb 2018 France, Paris, Pan Piper
Thu 22 Feb 2018 France, Rennes
Fri 23 Feb 2018 France, Brasparts, La Ferme du Gwernandour
Sat 24 Feb 2018 France, Vannes, Echonova
US Tour Dates:
Fri 23 Mar 2018 Brooklyn, NY, Elsewhere
Sat 24 Mar 2018 Somerville, MA, Once Ballroom
Wed 28 Mar 2018 San Francisco, CA, The Independent
Thu 29 Mar 2018 Los Angeles, CA, The Teragram Ballroom
‘sweetly romantic, tuneful, and so unlike anything else going on in the scene’
‘Dub-inspired Cook grows up to create a sound that is truly her own’
‘Cook’s music falls into the reggae genre — but we guarantee you haven’t heard anything like it before’ – Refinery29