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  1. From Merge Records: Hot off the heels of sold-out shows at London’s The Borderline and LA’s Moroccan Lounge, West London native Hollie Cook unveils the January 26 release of her third full-length and Merge debut, Vessel of Love. To mark the occasion, Cook has dropped two songs from the album: “Freefalling” and “Survive.” Pre-order Vessel of Love on CD or pink translucent Peak Vinyl in the Merge store, from these digital music providers, or these participating independent record stores. All pre-orders will receive a Hollie Cook button, while supplies last! The tropical pop chanteuse has already cemented her position as one to watch this year after the release of lead single “Angel Fire” in July. The first taste of the new album received rave reviews from international outlets such as Mass Appeal, Clash, and Je Ne Sais Pop, and the track was playlisted on BBC Radio over the summer. Hollie’s vibrant, spirited take on lovers rock radiates positivity, allowing her to transcend the confines of a genre. “Freefalling” finds Hollie’s sultry vocals positioned against a rocksteady beat, alluring synths, and a crooning brass section. Though the lyrics describe the intricacies of heartbreak, an unwavering sense of bliss prevails throughout, and the result is a life-affirming, feel-good jam that exudes enough warmth to keep burning all autumn long. “Survive” is best described by Ms. Cook herself: “literally the most simply sincere love song I have written. Sometimes there's no other way to express how you feel about someone.” In addition to touring the world for years with Ari Up in the pioneering female punk band The Slits, Cook previously collaborated with renowned dub producer Prince Fatty on her first two solo albums: her self-titled debut and its acclaimed follow-up, Twice. Singles such as “Milk & Honey” and “That Very Night” saw Hollie gain critical exposure via BBC Radio 1, BBC 6 Music, 1Xtra and Radio X, culminating in a hypnotic television appearance on the prestigious Later… With Jools Holland. By enlisting the esteemed producer Martin “Youth” Glover—whose credits include U2, Paul McCartney, and Pink Floyd—to oversee her latest LP, Hollie has unlocked a maturity in her ever-evolving sound. With supporters rallying from every corner, including Fred Perry’s Subculture, Jocks & Nerds, and Vanity Fair, Hollie Cook is gearing up for a triumphant year ahead with Vessel of Love, so expect to see her on top of the tropical throne of pop in 2018! Pre-order link: http://www.mergerecords.com/vessel-of-love
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