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Howzat! Archive - February 8th 2017

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TAKE THE PLUNGE
She's a young woman with an old soul. Ballarat's Freya Josephine Hollick discovered traditional bluegrass and country via the blues. "I was listening to old blues and just loving everything that came out of the early 1900s," Freya says. Artists such as Son House, Fred McDowell, Blind Willie McTell and Bessie Smith. She then heard The Carter Family - "I still listen to them religiously" - followed by Dock Boggs, Emry Arthur, Hank Williams and Australia's June Holm. All of those influences can be heard on Freya's glorious second album, The Unceremonious Junking of Me, which she recorded live at Ballarat's Main Bar with Pete Fidler and Kat Mear. It's a deeply personal record. "The story is really about the forming and crumbling of one of the most influential relationships I've experienced," Freya explains, "the relationship with the father of my daughter, Opal." It's an album of highs and lows. "I felt like I lived inside a sad country song for years. I still do at times, though Opal certainly keeps me smiling." How has motherhood influenced Freya's music? "Having a child ages you, mind and body. So I suppose I come at writing now with a new set of eyes, new heart, new appreciation for the world. It has inspired me to work hard on getting to a point where I can really support Opal and I, and ideally the rest of my family, just from playing music. Make a good life for us." Is Ballarat's cold climate conducive to making music? "I think I could write no matter where I was," Freya says. "The cold weather is certainly harsh during the winters, but I think the only thing I really need to be able to write is a new love or heartache." The album is filled with references to water. "I'm fascinated by water," Freya smiles. "Humans are mostly water. What lives beneath its surface is so unknown - it's like an outer space but down on earth. I love being in water. Any chance I get I'll plunge in."


WELCOME STRANGERS
Twenty-five years after they moved to Melbourne, The Blackeyed Susans are set for a huge year, with a new album, Close Your Eyes And See, on 3 March, and singer Rob Snarski has just released a book, You're Not Rob Snarski. The Susans are playing at the Corner on 8 April.


HOT LINE
"As deep as the blackest ocean" - Freya Josephine Hollick, A Heart That Burns.


CHART WATCH
Amy Shark jumps from 13 to three.

Adore AMY SHARK (number three)
Chameleon PNAU (four)
Stranger PEKING DUK FEATURING ELLIPHANT (12)
Call On Me STARLEY (13)
Never Be Like You FLUME (18)
Jungle TASH SULTANA (39)
Catch 22 ILLY FEATURING ANNE-MARIE (40)

Kasey Chambers slips to two after one week on top.

Dragonfly KASEY CHAMBERS (number two)
Notion TASH SULTANA (eight)
Ripcord KEITH URBAN (10)
Skin FLUME (12)
Endless THE McCLYMONTS (14)
Since I Left You THE AVALANCHES (15)
Gimme Some Lovin' HUMAN NATURE (17)
Triple J's Like A Version 12 VARIOUS (19)
The Very Very Best CROWDED HOUSE (20)
The Secret Daughter JESSICA MAUBOY (22)
More Than Meets The Eye ALEYCE SIMMONDS (25, debut)
Waco VIOLENT SOHO (36)
Skeleton Tree NICK CAVE (37)
The Best Of THE WIGGLES (40)


HOWZAT! PLAYLIST
A Heart That Burns FREYA JOSEPHINE HOLLICK
Satellite THE HARLOTS
River of Gold THE WEEPING WILLOWS
Adore AMY SHARK
Crash Land CARUS THOMPSON

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