Although it was their love of music that brought them together, it was kismet that turned Becky Wosk and Emmalee Watts into the musical duo, Hollow Twin.
Both from the Fraser Valley area, the two named the band after the area from which they hail, and the way they feel as though their souls are twinned. Working together, Wosk and Watts use their connection to each other and the nature surrounding them to compose emotional, thought-provoking music.
The River Saw Everything, the pair’s second album, is scheduled for release in the New Year, however, its single, The Valley, came out on Friday, Nov. 24.
The album, which was a deeply emotional project for the pair, offered them an avenue through which to express themselves. “Writing and singing are cathartic, and being able to express what (we’re) feeling through the music is therapeutic. It gives us somewhere to really focus our energy,” says Wosk.
And while Hollow Twin is a collaborative effort, they each bring something different to the table. Wosk writes a majority of the duo’s lyrics and has been singing since childhood. Watts on the other hand, is a classically-trained pianist, yet uses her skill on bass guitar to turn Wosk’s poetry into song.
In June 2016, Wosk’s stepfather was diagnosed with terminal cancer, and less than a year later, she lost the only father she’d ever known. During her stepfather’s illness, Wosk began visiting the banks of the Chilliwack River, taking refuge in its beauty as she tried to deal with the sadness and brevity of the situation. It was there, surrounded by nature, with the river sweeping by, Wosk says she found a tranquility that helped.
“I found a lot of solace in the nature. Going for walks and sitting by the river, listening to the water running by… I started writing and that’s where (the album was) born.”
The River Saw Everything is full of emotional twists and turns that span the human experience, and although it was born out of sadness and loss, Wosk and Watts did try to include some upbeat harmonies and hope their audience understand what they were trying to express.
“(We) hope they like it: that they feel something when they listen to it, and that they understand where it’s coming from. Mostly, we just want them to enjoy it.”