For folk artists, the norm is for a mainly acoustic debut to be followed by a bigger, more band-oriented sophomore set. But for Holly Arrowsmith it’s been the other way around.
There’s no place like home, goes the popular saying – and it’s one that rings very true with Holly Arrowsmith.
Homesickness and identity are at the heart of A Dawn I Remember, the second full length album from the award-winning singer-songwriter, which was written at a variety of locations, both here in New Zealand and in the US.
“I started writing the album when I moved from Arrowtown to Auckland a few years ago,” she explains over the phone from, appropriately enough, from Queenstown, where she was about to perform. “I think it was kind of a wakeup call to how much of our identity is in the place we are from and the people who know us – that kind of safe environment. When you lose all of that at once, you kind of lose your bearings. I felt really disoriented for a long time.”
A Dawn I Remember, the long-awaited sophomore set from Holly Arrowsmith, will be released on June 22.
The follow-up to her 2015 award-winning debut For The Weary Traveller was recorded mainly in the small southern New Zealand town of Colac Bay with Steve Roberts and Tom Lynch, and completed at The Sitting Room with Ben Edwards (Tami Neilson, Marlon Williams, Nadia Reid).
The first single to be released from the record is ‘Farewell’, which is backed with a video shot by Brisbane-based filmmaker Theresa Fryer.