CD released: Jun 24, 2022
With Happy Hour, her ravishing new LP, Hollie Cook matures into the queen of modern-day "lovers rock"-the lush girly harmony reggae style beloved in Britain since the 1970s.The record itself is a product of great drama: the pandemic. After eight years of touring together, General Roots-keyboards man Luke Allwood, drummer Ben Mckone, guitarist Joe Price, and bassist James Mckone-have truly become Hollie's band. They all spent quarantine together, honing songs they had started writing pre-COVID. "I used to definitely lean on my producers (Prince Fatty and Youth), but my vision was always to write and produce with my band," she explains. "We are a circle of trust."Though spiritual, Hollie is no saint, inviting us to rave on "Move My Way," which she describes as "a party song inspired by the Notting Hill Carnival." Hollie is also a wise woman-literally the "Full Moon Baby" she summons so seductively. And like any good witch, Hollie understands the power of medicinal herbs on "Kush Kween," her collaboration with Jamaican singer Jah9. These are love incantations that would be wrong to resist. "It's about finding a space where you can reach for moments of light, love, and self-care," she explains.