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.
Co-produced 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 started 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 Over Again.
“The song is about disbelief, the denial you feel when something you thought was going to last forever ends,” Hein said.
“I tend to get overly involved in things so I'm prone to these kinds of situations.”
Over Again 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.Hein Cooper
Of his new material, the singer/songwriter has been more involved in the production process, which he has enjoyed.
“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,” he said.
“I think we’ve had enough time to see what styles are melding well together and what aren’t.
“There’s this new confidence to the ‘anything goes’ attitude of the last 10 years.
“I think a pop song can be incredibly poetic and still clear, and also be an exciting mix of genres. That’s what I’ve aimed for throughout my new music.”
Hein Cooper is set to perform at Milton Theatre on Friday, January 18.
Tickets will cost $29, visit https://miltontheatre.com.au/ to by tickets.
Bubsy Marou is also set to hit the South Coast for a performance at Milton Theare in March next year.
Tickets are available online now.