Freya Josephine Hollick
Hailing from Victoria’s goldfields, striking in her rhinestone studded, suede suits and worn leather boots, Freya Josephine Hollick is as charming as she is talented and her voice as strong as it is fragile. Spending years growing as a musician in her hometown of Ballarat, and garnering Dolly Parton comparison’s at every turn, the singer-songwriter has evolved and grown, reflected in her maturing sound.
Hollick’s new EP, Don’t Mess With The Doyenne, out June 16 by Heart of the Rat Records, is alive with the complexities women are usually not encouraged to embrace. Filled with a resilience and assuredness that she’d not felt on debut album, The Unceremonious Junking of Me, Don’t Mess With The Doyenne is at once a coming-of-age collection of songs and a triumphant display of femininity in all it’s facets.
“Don't Mess With The Doyenne was made both to represent me hanging up my prairie dress, and passivity, for something covered in rhinestones and self assuredness, and to give people some real, honest and current music that I had written, not the sad music spawned by a failed relationship and naivety,” Hollick says.
Just as The Unceremonious Junking of Me was released in November 2016, Hollick headed back into the studio to record a collection of new songs that she’d yet to document and so pleased with the result of the five tracks was she, that the demo became an EP. Recorded and mastered by Roger Bergodaz at Union Street Studio in Brunswick West over three days, and produced by Bergodaz and Shane Reilly, who both also feature on the EP; Bergodaz on drums and bass, and Reilly taking on a multi-instrumentalist role, while violinist, Kat Mear (Cash Savage and the Last Drinks) makes her presence known with her hypnotic fiddle, laying down a splendid foundation for Hollick’s soaring vocals.
The process of creating Don’t Mess With The Doyenne was collaborative and community based, resulting in a sound beyond what Hollick alone had imagined.
Strap yourself in for twenty minutes of bluesy folk with country edges, laced with vulnerability and resilience, all gifted to your ears and soul by one of the most hauntingly beautiful voices that you’ll have the pleasure of hearing.
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