UK singer Hollie Cook has returned with her third studio album Vessel of Love, the follow-up to her two critical acclaimed albums Twice and Hollie Cook. On this new set she has changed both producer and label and moved from Prince Fatty and Mr. Bongo to Martin “Youth” Glover and Merge Records.
Merge Records is a renowned U.S. indie label known for rock acts like Superchunk, Bob Mould and Shout Out Louds. Martin Glover from rock band Killing Joke has previously worked with acts like Guns N’ Roses, The Verve and U2. But fear not. Hollie Cook’s sound is certainly intact and just as dreamy and featherlight as before.
Hollie Cook has managed to create her very own brand of lovers rock. She calls it tropical pop. An appropriate description. The arrangements on Vessel of Love – with strings, horns and various sound effects – are just amazing and the hypnotic ethereal sonic landscape bends both space and time.
The four singles off the album – Stay Alive, Angel Fire, Freefalling and Survive – are together with the breezy and summery title track among the best cuts on the album and probably some of Hollie Cook’s best recordings yet. Especially the pulsating and vibrant Stay Alive with its squeaking organ, mean bass line and melancholic melody.
Hollie Cook has a vision for her sound and together with Martin Glover she has managed to take it to another level.