“SOMETIMES ALL YOU NEED IS AN ACOUSTIC GUITAR TO TELL A STORY!”
– TRIPLE J’S BRIDGET HUSTWAITE ON BURROWS
“A PASTICHE OF POETRY”
– ROLLING STONE AUSTRALIA ON BURROWS
After the successful release of his Debut solo record and a packed hometown launch, Melbourne songwriter Mickey Cooper is continuing his momentum with the release of the album’s opening track “Burrows”.
Recorded with a single microphone in a shoebox apartment on the Lower East Side of Manhattan in late 2015 “Burrows” was a song first inspired by a Kurt Cobain documentary as Cooper explains – “I started writing this song after coming home from watching the Kurt Cobain Montage of Heck documentary. It doesn’t sound anything like Nirvana, but I remember feeling really energized by observing Kurt’s relentless and fearless creative drive.”
In keeping with the majority of the songs written on the album “Burrows” was then lyrically evolved into something more metaphorical and deeply personal as Cooper continues – “The lyrics came a few days later when I was in the bath (the effect having obviously worn off), watching a tree flinching against the freezing wind outside. I used that image to draw a parallel with the physical effects of an ongoing anxiety condition I was experiencing.”
Hit The Ceiling is a collection of ten songs that dissects anxiety and documents the events and aftermath of a family breaking apart. The bare-bones recordings were taken to Bryce Goggin’s (Pavement, Joan As Police Woman, Ben Kweller) studio in Brooklyn, where his mixing expertise helped to highlight each melodic hook and pull, culminating in the kind of refined, yet stripped-back record that recalls early Elliott Smith, Whiskeytown or Sharon Van Etten.
“The songs on the album are about being in the midst of a family breaking apart. They are snapshots of people and places I love, which were irrevocably changed by this sudden rip. Anxiety is also a central theme throughout the record, as a number of the songs document my experiences of living with it.” – Mickey Cooper
Fiercely personal and universally relatable, Hit The Ceiling showcases not only Cooper’s love of chords and melody, but a knack for wordplay that saw him collect the Dorothy Porter Award for Emerging Poets in 2015.