Remember the old adage of “quality, not quantity”? 25 year old New Zealander Hollie Smith seems to have adhered faithfully to said philosophy with this, her first fully-fledged, record company-signed ‘long player’.
And while not pOp in it’s purest sense, this slow-burning, soul-drenched blues soundtrack is one of the most divine ‘local’ offerings you’re bound to find.
It’s no wonder, therefore, that she was signed to an off-shoot of one of the most respected music labels on the planet – Blue Note.
Hollie’s smoky vocals glide over a blend of some of the purest ambling soul sounds you’re likely to hear. And equally impressive is the fact that not only did she write or co-write every track on the album, but she also co-produced it. You get the feeling that this young lady will be around for a long, long time.
Picture yourself in a dimly-lit jazz bar, sipping creamy cocktails on a cool winter’s eve – it’s this live and intimate feel, coupled with the joy, strength and assuredness of the piece that really captures you.
She’s mesmerized audiences in New Zealand for years – it’s now the turn for the rest of us to fall under Hollie’s soulful spell.
AUSTRALIA – OUT NOW
UNITED STATES – TBA
JAPAN – TBA
UNITED KINGDOM – TBA