Hollow Coves - 'Harder To Fake It'

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Having emerged as one of Australia’s most decorated folk groups of recent memory, Hollow Coves this week return with a brand new dose of rich, textured music, in ‘Harder To Fake It’. Their first release of new music since their 2021 track ‘Purple’ brought the duo of Ryan Henderson and Matt Carins to further attention.

Written and recorded with Matt Corby and Alex Henrikkson at the former’s Rainbow Valley Studio in New South Wales, Hollow Coves have brought a rejuvenated energy to their output with ‘Harder To Fake It’. The final result is a gorgeous project of connection and music – musicians and producers who have been given the liberty to create in a space where they felt supported and encouraged to thrive.

Says Hollow Coves of the experience of working with Corby and Henrikkson, the collaborative nature of everyone involved made the process free-flowing.

“Last year, we played at an event that Matt Corby had put on to raise money for victims of the floods in the Northern Suburbs of New South Wales in Australia. After the show, we got chatting with Matt Corby and we connected really well. We were both keen to see what we could make together, so we ended up going to his studio, which happened to be not too far from where we lived, and did a few writing sessions. We ended up writing five songs together."

"We were all in a room together trying to come up with an initial idea. I had a guitar part and rough melody that I had been wanting to work on for a while so I thought I would test it by starting to play it and see if anyone would comment on it. Straight away, Matt Corby expressed that he liked what he heard so we took the idea and ran with it. From there, a lot of the song came quite quickly. We recorded the main guitar part quickly and then Matt Corby jumped on the drum kit and started recording some really cool drum parts to make a quick demo. A lot of the parts from the demo ended up being used in the final recording.”

The video, directed by Justin Taylor Smith and Drew Austin and filmed in the picturesque coastal town of Tofino in Canada's Vancouver Island, is a perfect visual representation of the track. Featuring school children bored with the mundane nature of school life, and their immediate joy as they flee school and head into the town for a series of adventures. The video reinforces the core themes of the track, reminding the audience to strive for those dreams and avoid falling into the pressures of modern life.

‘Harder To Fake It’ was conceptualised as an encouragement to everyone to march to the beat of their own drum; chase individuality over falling in with the crowd and becoming the same as everyone else. 

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