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Nothing refracts light quite like music does. 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.
“After our EP came out, we got a lot of messages from people saying that our music helped them through tough or stressful times,” recalls Matt. “I think that definitely motivated us when we were working on Moments. We wanted to continue to write songs that could help to shine light and bring a bit of peace into people's lives.”
"Perspective is so important." says Ryan. “More and more we keep hearing about all the tragedies around the world. The focus is so often pointed towards the negative. It’s easy to get stuck in that. I guess in a way we kind of wanted the album to be the music equivalent of some sort of new-age retreat where people might go to sit still, renew their mind, and shift their focus to something more positive.”
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 a carpenter and civil engineer, respectively.
Evoking comparisons to everyone from Simon & Garfunkel to Ben Howard, Angus and Julia Stone, and even Coldplay, 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.
“We had rough demos of everything, and Chris built them up by adding drums and bass,” says Matt. “The way he produced was very old school, creating a live atmosphere. We spent a lot of time just jamming together, doing everything free from click gave the end result a more organic feel.”