Freya Josephine Hollick is a singer-songwriter from Victoria who has a distinct and distinctive identity within Australian country music. Her musical style has been described as cosmic country but that is merely a label for something that is definitely country music yet absolutely her music: an embrace of the structure of country as a pathway to greater creativity. Hollick writes songs that work on macro and micro scales, and nowhere is that better displayed than on her new album, The Real World, which is both a manifesto and an offering of love. Several singles from the album have already been released; the album itself will be available on 30 September 2022. I relished the opportunity to talk to Hollick about her inspirations and influences – of all sorts – for this exceptional album. That chat is available on YouTube and Soundcloud, both linked below.