New album ‘Underneath It All” is out today!
STREAM: Click here to listen to “Underneath It All” // VIDEO: Watch Hein walk you through the album
Following the release of 2016’s acclaimed album “The Art of Escape”, including 13 million Spotify streams of breakout single “Rusty”, Hein Cooper spent the next three years touring tirelessly all over the globe supporting the likes of James Bay and Lukas Graham. As great as meeting audiences every night felt, the daily routine of traveling solo and experiencing solitude on a daily basis got to him.
As he struggled with this new lifestyle, he went where it all began: writing new songs.
And out poured “Underneath It All”.
Fantasies are the refuge — escaping in daydreams what they can’t escape in reality. And if Hein flirted with escapism in the past, this time around he’s determined to dive deep within his bare soul.
The title track’s first words – “I’ve been blooming slowly/covered up and low-key/started on my journey/through this foreign country” – function as its mission statement: Autobiographical as ever, Cooper aims to simultaneously uncover his inner history and cloak it in the clearest and sincerest transparency he can find in his own phantasma.
The album’s first single “Hear My Voice”, co-produced in the UK with Will Hicks (Ed Sheeran, James Hersey), is a song about falsehoods and self-constructed versions of ourselves, a seamless blend of acoustic and electronic, and a shining example of his ability to mix genres.
Throughout the record, Cooper is as fluent and exuberant as one can get. He doesn’t “play” the songs per say, he embodies every note and every line crafted here – tearing all walls down to focus on the heart and soul of the whole enterprise.
A song about yearning for something more, latest single “Like That” took Hein’s recognisable layers of acoustic guitar, the smooth synth, and the crisp backbeat, but offered something entirely new, giving us a taste of just how diverse his new album will be. The track took fans by surprise with its deep groove and falsetto vocals – clocking over 800k streams, was added to triple j rotation, and set Hein off on a massive tour across Europe.
And here comes the second big dichotomy in the songwriter’s universe: Motherland vs. adoptive Muse. Born and raised Australian, Cooper has been living in Montreal – “a foreign country” – for a few years, swinging back and forth between both worlds. According to the musician, if the first one will always be home, the latter is where the music happens. A battle of the soul between home and creativity felt throughout the whole album.
Musically, the journey is framed in folk with a clear pop sensibility and, this time around, RnB vibe mixed into the ensemble. With a vocal range that sounds stronger than ever and songs that impose themselves like milestones, Cooper – who’s been compulsively listening to Bon Iver, Frank Ocean, Rye-X, Radiohead and Coldplay – delivers an album to be commended.
And, dare we say it, songs that we feel compelled to connect with.
Cooper’s new album, “Underneath It All”, is out today.
For tour dates and more on Hein Cooper, visit: http://www.heincooper.com/
‘Underneath It All’ Australian Album Tour
Supported by Leonie Kingdom
Sat 3rd Aug – Milton Theatre, Milton, NSW
Thu 8th Aug – Cambridge Warehouse, Newcastle, NSW
Fri 9th Aug – Lansdowne, Sydney, NSW
Sat 10th Aug – The Basement, Canberra, ACT
Fri 16th Aug – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Sat 17th Aug – Kingscliff Beach Hotel, Kingscliff, NSW
Fri 23rd Aug – Mojo’s, Fremantle, WA
Sat 24th Aug – Prince Of Wales, Bunbury, WA
Sun 25th Aug – Clancy’s Fish Pub, Dunsborough, WA
Thu 29th Aug – Grace Emily Hotel, Adelaide, SA
Fri 30th Aug – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Tickets for the upcoming tour are available from heincooper.com