Hollan Holmes: Milestones (Spotted Peccary, 2020)

February 20, 2020 at 8:41 pm | Posted in Reviews | 1 Comment

Hollan Holmes: Milestones

Hollan Holmes’ first Spotted Peccary release is an excellent set of post-Berlin School, sequencer-driven space music. Most of these ten of these tracks surge forward, cruising deep into the stratosphere without idling for a moment. This is not merely pretty background music or zoned-out droning, there feels like a definite purpose to all of this, and even though it might not be as bombastic or ornately arranged as an opera or a neo-classical metal record, there’s a comparable level of passion here. “One Giant Leap” points to the desire to explore new terrain, using a familiar Neil Armstrong sample. “The Truth Laid Bare” almost sounds like a Mike Paradinas melody, but filled with heartache, and minus the crazy beats. “Slipstream” is a bit more of a relaxed drift, it definitely feels like an easing up compared to other tracks. “West Texas Backroads” feels like you’re driving along said roads and only following the stars to guide you — you have no clue where you’re going to end up in the morning. “Bulletproof” is where things start getting a bit dramatic, and even quite sorrowful. “Inner Sanctum” starts out cold and mechanical but quickly melts away, sinking deeper as the heart cries out louder. “Ayyappan” is where it all winds down, looking back on all that’s passed and putting serious consideration into what’s left to be done.

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  1. This is a beautifully written review, and right on, esp for such an understated album.

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