Beauty and Sorrow

by Freya Josephine Hollick

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about

A beguiling and ethereal album of love songs for easy listening.

Freya Josephine Hollick is a whimsical, folk musician from the Goldfields. She sings of breathtaking, bucolic scenes, and has perfectly articulated those things about love and loss most can scarcely put into words.

Some insights from singer/ songwriter Freya Josephine Hollick

This album has been a long time coming. It is a collection of some of my most recent songs, centering on themes of love and loss, and our very human fear of both. Bringing to light the duality
of beauty and sorrow. I like to think of it as a record of all the what ifs and if onlys that ever were.

The songs are a testiment to ‘ever and always falling down the side of a bramble covered hillside to a bubbling brook and the long,swaying grass.’ Which, in my mind, is a significant metaphor for
falling in love.

Writing these songs I spent a lot of time listening to early 20th century music, in particular Cajun music, Blues and compilations of love songs from the same era. Influenced by the purity of their instrumentation, and the intent of the songs themselves, I found myself obsessed with simplified and short songs that stick in your head and can make you weep in less than 4 minutes. I also became fascinated by super-fuzzy, grainy recordings. As a result I have become a sound technician’s worst nightmare. Though Steve Vella at Dog and Bear Studio in Trentham did a fantastic job of turning my ‘it needs more dirt’ into an aural thing.

This particular recording was made with some very special musicians, Liz Frencham, Justin Ryda, Pete Fiddler and Vince Bradley, the combination of their talents on this is really
something to behold.

More than anything this is the music that has come from a dual life of beauty and sorrow, wrought by the act of loving and the inevitability of losing, and the splendour of all the things good and bad that make up the spinning globe upon which we wander.


‘When my body lays below, will you kneel by my stone, and sing to me of beauty and sorrow, and hold me in your heart?’

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released 01 March 2014

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