After dropping previous singles "Hear My Voice" and "Over Again" last year, and playing a bunch of sold out homecoming shows across the country, Hein Cooper is back again from writing in British coastal towns, Canadian mountains, and cinematic French chalets with latest single "Like That" – the most recent taste of what will be the prolific singer-songwriter’s just-announced second album ‘Underneath It All’ (set for release June 14).
The result is fresh; the foundations of the Australian’s folk/indie pop styles we know and love from Hein are still present, but with hundreds of thousands of kilometres or experiences under his belt, it’s now mixed with new genres and inspirations.
"Like That" goes a step further, offering yet another uniquely sounding taste off his soon-to-be-released second album. You’ll recognise the layers of acoustic guitar, the smooth synth, the crisp backbeat, and Hein’s familiar soaring vocals, but this is something new. "Like That" showcases Cooper’s ability to craft music that draws from sounds and experiences around him as he travels the world into an emotive and melodic moment in time.
"In this day and age, there is a huge amount of disconnection to ourselves, our bodies, in our relationships and to the world around us. We seem to not truly know anything about each other or anything around us anymore. I wrote this song when I was feeling alone and desperately looking for something deeper. This inspired the video too. I wanted to visually represent connection, between two people and to nature. I find the Super8 filming also adds to the essence of a different time; before technology isolated us more from each other." – Hein
"Like That" (single)
GENRE – INDIE POP
LOCATION – SYDNEY, NSW
STREAM – HERE
RELEASE DATE - Friday, April 5
ALBUM RELEASE DATE – Friday, June 14
Releasing his Marcus Paquin (The National, Arcade Fire)-produced debut album ‘The Art Of Escape’ in 2016 with smash hit single "Rusty" (high rotation on triple j, spins on BBC, and over 10 million streams on Spotify) and break out title track "The Art Of Escape", Hein spent the better part of that year touring the country supporting James Bay and again co-headlining with Lanks, before returning briefly for Falls Festival at the end of the year.
Not afraid to mesh acoustic with electronic and developing a dynamic and entertaining live show combining those elements, as well as proving equally proficient in both lush and stripped back moments, debut album ‘The Art Of Escape’ was an accomplished start for the young artist. From there, he had his sights set on the world.
Performing over 140 shows over 18 months throughout Europe, the UK and North America, Hein headlined tours, played festivals, and supported artists such as Lukas Graham, Bears Den, Peter Bjorn and John, and Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeroes, which led to airplay in over 30 countries at over 150 stations, and a legion of fans all across the globe.
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 the first taste of new music in April 2018 with "Hear My Voice", a song about falsehoods and self-constructed versions of ourselves. Receiving rotation on triple j and a wash of other radio stations in Australia and around the world, and closing in on its first million streams, "Hear My Voice" showed a glimpse of the new sounds Cooper is producing.
"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."
The follow up "Over Again" reinforced this new dynamic sound, as Hein meshed indie, folk, and electronic sounds into an anthemic song about disbelief, the denial you feel when something you thought was going to last forever ends
Now, he gives you something else AGAIN. A new taste of what to expect off his upcoming second album ‘Underneath It All’.
New single "Like That" is out April 5th, 2019.
New album ‘Underneath It All’ is out June 14, 2019.