NEW SINGLE – WHEN WE WERE YOUNG – ONLINE NOW
DEBUT ALBUM – MOMENTS – OUT 18th OCTOBER
Australian duo Hollow Coves release their new single and album prelude When We Were Young, online today.
Initially conceived in Brisbane and finished in Europe, the lead single “When We Were Young” pairs a soft beat, lush acoustic guitar, and dreamy piano with reflective lyrics. A shared harmony by Matt and Ryan underscores pensive and poetic nostalgia.
“It reminisces on the simplicity of being young,” says Ryan. “A lot of people look back with nostalgia and think, ‘I wish things were still like that’. It evokes a simpler time. However, we wanted to encourage people to change their perspective – there are always great opportunities to look forward to. Life can be beautiful right now.”
When We Were Young on YouTube and streaming service now.
Even in the darkest of times, melodies change moods, and harmonies lift hearts. As affirmed by nearly 200 million total streams for the 2017 debut EP Wanderlust and praise from Indie Shuffle, Clash, and OnesToWatch, Hollow Coves carry light within an eloquent, engaging, and entrancing take on indie folk. The Brisbane duo—Ryan Henderson and Matt Carins—strengthen a powerful two-way dialogue with listeners worldwide on their full-length debut, Moments, released on October 18th.
At the end of 2014, Ryan and Matt penned a handful of songs and recorded them in a friend’s garage. Ryan spent the next year traveling before they finished those tunes via email and eventually uploaded them to Soundcloud. As the songs took off, Matt and Ryan decided to ditch their day jobs, as carpenter and civil engineer respectively, and hit the road.
Evoking comparisons with Simon & Garfunkel, Bon Iver, Jackson Browne and Ben Howard, Wanderlust quietly emerged as a phenomenon. The two singles, “Coastline” and “Home” surpassed 30 million streams each on Spotify, and their song “The Woods,” both the original and acoustic versions, collectively gathered over 40 million streams on Spotify. Meanwhile, the boys toured alongside the likes of Tom Walker and headlined packed shows around the globe.
In 2018, Hollow Coves retreated to the countryside of Devon in the South of England to record alongside producer Chris Bond [Ben Howard, Justin Nozuka, Xavier Rudd]. After testing the water with “Ran Away,” they locked into undeniable creative chemistry and decided to record the entire album together. Bond encouraged them to take more of a “live approach” to recording.
Thematically, these eleven tracks were inspired by a variety of moments and unforgettable shared experiences over the past three years. “We took a trip to Norway and stayed at the top of a mountain,” recalls Matt. “We went on a hike to the top as the sun was setting. Every time we got higher, we saw more of the view. It was an incredible moment. Afterwards, we had the realization that our lives are really a collection of moments, and in each moment we have the choice to do something incredible or do something mediocre. That became a theme throughout the album.”
“Each song marked a different moment of our lives, written in different cities over these past few years,” Ryan continues. “Our motivation is to inspire people, and ourselves, to make the most of our time on Earth.”
Built on an idea from a trip to San Francisco, the delicate picking of “Borderlines” builds towards an upbeat and uplifting chant about “not being scared to step out and make life an adventure,” states Matt.
The opener “Anew” delivers a reminder to audiences “even though you might be struggling today, tomorrow is a new day” over strains of luminescent keys. “Open Road” picks up where Wanderlust left off in its encouragement to “get out and explore the world.” The record concludes on “Pictures.” Penned in Berlin, the wistful piano-driven finale “remembers an old friend and the good times you used to have together.”
Hollow Coves are building an impressive fan base in the UK with sold out shows at The Waiting Room and Omera and supporting Walking On Cars at the Shepherd’s Bush Empire. They return in November for selected dates including a headline show at Dingwalls on 19th November.