Hollie Cook, “Twice”

J. Edward Keyes

By J. Edward Keyes

on 03.24.14 in Listen to This

Hollie Cook’s 2011 self-titled debut was one of that year’s most refreshing surprises, a burbling batch of roots reggae that captured the classic sound of the genre — moseying basslines, clattering drum fills, tiny apostrophes of guitar — and leveraged them against Cook’s sugary, weightless voice. The first track from forthcoming follow-up Twice feels smoother and lighter than its predecessor, a silken string section snaking disco-like between the grooves, and Cook’s voice occupying the upper register for most of the track. The result feels almost dreamlike, a subtle and hypnotic song that reveals its charms slowly.