Warner Music New Zealand has announced the release of Hollie Smith’s third solo album WATER OR GOLD, out April 1st 2016.
Emerging in the late 1990s, Hollie has worked with Fat Freddy’s Drop and Trinity Roots, and sang on the Don McGlashan penned single ‘Bathe In The River’, cementing her place in the NZ music scene. Her debut album LONG PLAYER sold double platinum and won Hollie ‘Best Producer’, ‘Best Female Solo Artist’ and ‘Breakthrough Artist of the Year’ at the 2007 VNZMAs.
2016 sees Hollie offer up her third full length solo release, WATER OR GOLD. The 11 songs that were written over the past couple of years, and span times of both joy and sadness. A lot of that joy, she explains, comes from her helping to raise the son of a now ex-partner. “It’s definitely made me more of a positive person, and a lot happier. You know, learning how to sacrifice and not holding on to things, looking at the simpler things in life.”
Also included on WATER OR GOLD is Hollie’s heart-breaking tribute to her good friend and media personality, Helena McAlpine, who died in 2015 after a long battle with breast cancer. ‘Helena’ captures the strength of Hollie’s vocals, as well as the strength of a long-standing friendship.
WATER OR GOLD was produced by Hollie and mixed in New York with Kiwi producer and engineer Aaron Nevezie. Aaron has been based in the States since 1998 and has worked with the likes of The Black Keys and Danger Mouse.
Watch the 'Helena' video here: