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A Distant Light

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A Distant Light
Hollan Holmes
2010 (CD)
Produced by Steve Roach

Hollan Holmes has created some stunning visual art for Steve, including IMMERSION: ONE, PLACES BEYOND: THE LOST PIECES 4, and the graphic design elements for the IMMERSION STATION app. A DISTANT LIGHT is his debut release as an artist in sound, and a fine debut it is. His artistic touch seen in the visual realms translates directly to his sonic visions. Light-filled spaces and shimmering harmonic zones unfold in their own time and space. And space is the place for this release; file under Classic Space-Music, a'la Music From the Hearts of Space. Sonic enhancements and mastering by Steve Roach.

"Hollan Holmes is a new name in the genre of ambient music, who recently introduced himself and his music on the electronic music forum Emportal.info around the end of 2010. A DISTANT LIGHT is his a debut, which the composer describes as a deeply spiritual journey and a celebration of exploration. The sonic vehicle is also the driving force for the search for what lies beyond and all that is waiting to be discovered. A DISTANT LIGHT features eight tracks of delightful textural ambient, treated with expert mastering and sonic enhancements by Steve Roach, taking the outcome to an even higher level.

Listening to Hollan's music is an uninterrupted drift into fine crafted and overtly expansive spheres and emotive soundscape worlds, a voyage which is occasionally accompanied by minimal sequencer patterns such as featured on 'Wellspring' and 'Malus'. Even smooth, ethereal atmospheres pass by on the gradually unfolding and elevating 'Mist and Myth'.

A stronger immersive impact surfaces on the gliding 'The Arrival' toward the end of the album, after which the celestial spheres settle down quietly on the closing track 'Twilight'.

The cinematic, emotional and deep immersive undercurrents in the textural music (such as displayed on the darker flavored 'Inevitability') also deserve a mention. A DISTANT LIGHT proves to be a job well done. A highly recommended ambient/space release!" -- Bert Strolenberg, Sonic Immersion
1. DriftMP37:36 
2. WellspringMP36:13 
3. InevitabilityMP311:03 
4. MalusMP34:20 
5. Mist And MythMP310:35 
6. ThresholdMP37:51 
7. The ArrivalMP38:38 
8. TwilightMP38:32 

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