Brad Cox, four-time nominee of the prestigious Australian Golden Guitar Awards, releases his sophomore album My Mind’s Projection today (6/11) via Sony Music Entertainment Australia – listen here.
One of the most anticipated country albums of 2020, My Mind’s Projection is the follow up to Cox’s acclaimed 2018 self-titled debut, and sees Cox working once again with producer Matt Fell. The record features the #1 country radio singles ‘Give Me Tonight‘ and ‘Drinking Season,’ and his collaboration with Adam Eckersley, ‘Remedy‘.
To date, ‘Drinking Season’ written by Brad and Dan Isbell (Luke Combs), has amassed 1 million global streams, with rock-tinged ‘Give Me Tonight’ gaining over 4 million global streams.
“’My Mind’s Projection’ is a snapshot of songs that I’ve written, things that I’ve done and things that I’ve experienced in the last three years,” explains Cox. “It’s what I’ve ‘felt and seen and done and heard and then felt again’ all rolled into one.”
Cox first came to prominence in 2018 with several breakthrough singles from his debut album, including ‘Red Light,’ ‘Too Drunk To Drive,’ and ‘Lake House’ as well as crowd favourite ‘Water On The Ground’. The album earned the Jindabyne, New South Wales native two Golden Guitar nominations for Contemporary Album of the Year and New Talent of the Year.
“I finished writing the first record in 2017. ‘My Mind’s Projection’ covers the time I spent between finishing writing that record and writing this one. There’s a bunch of songs that are two-years old, and a couple of songs that I wrote in November. I’m a huge fan of Sturgill Simpson’s ‘A Sailor’s Guide To Earth’. Like that album, I wanted to make a record that I know my fans will love. But, I think this album will open doors to a lot more people, other than fans that only like country music.”
Working again with Matt Fell was a smart move for Cox. Together the pair have recaptured the magic of their first outing, but have taken the stylings further, infusing the record with dollops of country rock and rhythm and blues. “It’s really great being able to work with Matt again,” continues Brad. “I was so uncomfortable the first time (laughs), because I didn’t know what I was doing. But we got to be mates. For this second record, we were friends, I knew how he worked. I was much more comfortable going “Matt, what about this,” throwing ideas around or “I don’t like that”. It was a totally different experience.”
Solitude is part of his well-worn writing practise – he dreams up an idea, ruminates on it and then the magic happens. And that’s what has happened with the recording of My Mind’s Projection. Welcome to the next chapter in the career of arguably the most exciting artist in Australian country music today, Brad Cox.