Hello My Beautiful World
A spoken word love letter to the planet.
About The Artists
Holy Holy was formed by Timothy Carroll and Oscar Dawson in 2011, who originally met volunteering in their teens. Together the indie-rock outfit have since achieved two Top 10 ARIA Charting albums, two ARIA Award Nominations, three Rolling Stone Nominations, five Gold singles, one Platinum single, two triple j Album of the Weeks, and five songs in triple j’s Hottest 100.
They have sold out innumerable tours across Australia, and toured the UK and Europe twice playing packed out rooms at The Great Escape, London Calling, Reeperbahn and Liverpool Sound City. Their most recent album “Hello My Beautiful World” was released in 2021.
Why We Wrote This Song
Set to a broad and sweeping instrumental string arrangement, ‘Hello My Beautiful World’ is a spoken word love letter to the planet. A rapid dream-like series of scenes depicting the majesty of the natural world.
With ‘Hello My Beautiful World’, the poem has its own momentum. We didn’t sit down with an intention to write something like it, it just appeared. It’s satisfying in the way that it says so much whilst saying so little. It doesn’t bash you over the head with its meaning. It allows the listener to have their own relationship with the work and the world it portrays.
The poem makes no reference to humanity, civilisation, and the rapid destruction that surrounds us. Those scenes though, play in the mind of the listener just as clearly. There is sadness and reverence within this song. It’s beautiful and painful in equal measure.
The existential threat hovering above all things for all of us, is, of course, climate change. Even within our own lifetimes, we have started to see changes in the local environment and climate. The tension between the speed at which the threat is developing and the speed at which it’s being addressed is anxiety inducing. Habitat destruction, single-use plastic and waste creation are other issues that we often think about. In terms of using our voice, it’s an interesting balance. I never want to be preachy, and I am also aware of the anxiety and stress that these issues can induce in people.