BALLARAT MUSICIAN Freya Josephine Hollick is continuing to soar to new heights.
The singer songwriter recently travelled to the United States of America, where she recorded her third full length album with Lucinda Williams' band Buick 6, along with renowned guitarist Greg Leisz.
Leisz has worked with the likes of Eric Clapton, Sheryl Crowe, The Bangles and The Smashing Pumpkins.
The trip - which was was made possible through a grant from Creative Victoria - involved three days of intense recording at the Rancho De La Luna studio, run by the Eagles of Death Metal guitarist Dave Catching, in the Californian desert.
Hollick said she was thrilled when the musicians agreed to work with her as they are some of the most well-known Americana acts in the USA.
The first single from the new album - Nobody's Better Than No One - will be released in September, with the album itself to be released in early 2020.
It has more of a rock vibe than her previous record, Feral Fusion, released in August 2018, and is a continued exploration of the preceding album.
For Hollick, the new record - the name of which has not yet been released - veers from her signature cosmic country sound but is a natural progression for her as a musician.
"You want to be making something new and evolving as an artist with every record. It's like if you're a painter - you don't want to be painting the same scene over and over - you'd get bored," she said.
"So really it's just a natural progression to do something in a different direction."
Hollick is always in a stage of the songwriting process and tries to release new music every year.
She travelled to the USA with 20 song possibilities for the record and so has many still up her sleeve to record for future releases.
"You go into a studio to record thinking certain songs will work best and then you start playing them with the band and they might not click properly. But they always find a place eventually," she said.
"I will definitely use some of the ones that I've missed from that record."
Since watching the biopic on Freddie Mercury, Bohemian Rhapsody, Hollick has a desire to experiment with the 'synth' sound in future.
"I definitely want to experiment. Since watching the film I have re-discovered Queen and I'm really interested in more piano-based music and rock opera sounds now. I do touch on it in the [new] record but it doesn't go too deep."
Her trip overseas was chronicled in a documentary by her record company, Blind Date Records, and will be released later this year.
The shows will be a mix of music she released last year and music from her not-yet-released record.