Where his debut album “The Art of Escape” landed in the positive graces of the Australian music industry, singer/songwriter Hein Cooper found his heart lay in touring overseas for much of 2016 and 2017. Performing over 140 shows during this period through Europe, the US and the UK, the young Australian’s live presence continued to grow, both as a headliner and main support for the likes of James Bay and Lukas Graham.
The threads of new music began to form for Hein Cooper during his time living in Cornwall, where British coastal life provided an outlet for him to reflect and muse on the wealth of new experiences touring “The Art of Escape” had brought him. The first entry in this new chapter was “Hear My Voice”, a song about falsehoods and self-constructed versions of ourselves.
CoProduced by Will Hicks (Ed Sheeran, James Hersey) and the singer himself in the UK, the result is fresh; the foundations of the Australian’s folk/indie pop styles are still present, though the songwriter has begun exploring other genres such as R’n’B and electronic music. Artists like Frank Ocean and Chet Faker helped inspire this new direction. The same approach is also apparent in “OverAgain” first single of his upcoming second album: “The song is about disbelief, the denial you feel when something you thought was going to last forever ends. I tend to get overly involved in things so I’m prone to these kinds of situations.” said Hein Cooper about this second excerpt from his up coming album. Of his new material, the singer/songwriter says, “It’s the music I’ve always wanted to create. Being involved on the production side of my music [too] is allowing me to really capture the bigger picture.”“I think we’ve had enough time to see what styles are melding well together and what aren’t,”Cooper says of cross-genre work, moving forward.
“There’s this new confidence to the ‘anything goes’ attitude of the last ten years.” “I think a pop song can be incredibly poetic and still clear, and also bean exciting mix of genres. That’s what I’ve aimed for through out my new music.” “Fear of Missing Out”, the second excerpt from the upcoming album is an other example of his ability to mix genres. “[This song] is all about my experience with partying, drinking and carrying on. I’ve been around the ‘party lifestyle’ a lot as a musician and I’ve been really hungover in a lot of random places but I still find myself doing it again anyway. This song is about that feeling of being torn between these two worlds.”