With her dazzling new album Happy Hour, Hollie Cook matures into the queen of modern-day "lovers rock" - the lush harmony reggae style beloved in Britain since the 1970s.
Hollie Cook, a former member of the Slits, is the daughter of Sex Pistols drummer Paul Cook. Her mother Jeni was a backing singer for Culture Club turned celebrity raw food chef. So it goes without saying that her new album, Happy Hour features an eclectic mix of reggae, soul, and pop inspired by sounds from the past and present.
From her feisty roots, Hollie has only grown. Her soulful directness on Happy Hour is relatable and authentic. “I can’t get away from it,” she says. “Making this music that I love, I do turn deep inside myself. It makes me explore a lot of human truths and feelings that we should not shy away from, and it feels like a release to turn them into songs. I was trying to really push myself and be open, to not be restricted in any way. I have always been a fan of theatrical pop music and wanted to experiment more with the song form.”
On Happy Hour, which she co-produced with her General Roots band members Ben Mckone and Luke Allwood plus executive producer Youth, Hollie Cook dares to invite listeners into her true personality.