LargeUp Audio: Listen To The Exclusive Stream Of Hollie Cook's 'Twice' LP
UK singer Hollie Cook brings a serious dose of vintage reggae flavor in the exclusive stream of her 2014 Twice LP, produced by Prince Fatty and released by Mr Bongo Worldwide. The 9-track project follows her self-titled 2012 solo debut album, with a sonic approach that expands upon Cook's true school sound with a cinematic flair that offsets her inescapably fresh vocal. LargeUp's Jesse Serwer serves up a fitting description of her growth from one project to the next:
Twice is Hollie Cook on another level. The addition of lush strings adds a cinematic depth to the production of Prince Fatty, the UK producer who has guided Hollie’s sound through both projects. The frequent use of a cuica and other nature-conjuring sounds lend to the proceedings the feel of a B-movie set in a tropical jungle. (A theme solidified by the album’s Tiki-inspired cover art). But Twice is essentially an album about the confusion of falling in and out of love.
There’s no filler here: Each track is as good as the next. “99″ and “Looking For Real Love” (watch the video here) sound as if they could be the theme songs to a pair of Roger Moore-era Bond movies. “Postman” has echoes of Compass Point Studios, the Bahamas facility where Chris Blackwell had Sly & Robbie working with the vanguard of Britain’s emerging New Wave in the early ’80s. There’s a timelessness to Twice that I expect will make the album only get better with age.
Anyone under the impression that this a project they can afford to miss, would be sadly mistaken. Catch a vibe. Click the link below to listen to the full stream of the Twice LP via LargeUp. Purchase the Twice LP via iTunes. Grab the vinyl pressing of this project via mrbongo.com. Stay tuned for more from Hollie Cook.