Holon — The Time Is Always Now
(Autumnsongs records, 2016, CD)
by Peter Thelen, Published 2016-09-28
Over ten years in writing and four years recording, Holon is the recording project of singer / songwriter / multi-instrumentalist Ronny Pedersen, and The Time Is Always Now is the first album, a collaboration with producer Rhys Marsh, who also sings and plays a multitude of instruments throughout. Also contributing to the overall effort are drummer Geir Anfinn Halland Johansen (Anfinnsaas, Stilk, and Trasig), female vocalists Silje Leirvik and Kari Harneshaug, Ketil Vestrum Einarsen (Jaga Jazzist, White Willow) on flute, and Lars Fredrik Frøislie (Wobbler, White Willow, Tusmørke) plays Hammond Organ on one track. While Pedersen’s songs tend toward the folky side, his arrangements often incorporate elements of modern and classic progressive, bits of jazz wisdom, as well as 21st century indie rock, all artfully crafted with meticulous care. For his part, Pedersen plays all guitars, bass on some tracks, sitar, and programming, while Marsh plays bass on other tracks, pedal steel, Fender Rhodes, piano, Mellotron, other keyboards, and vocoder. The album’s eight tracks are nothing if not engaging, pulling together a vast collection of influences that coordinate well with the modern progressive sound, rich with vocal harmonies, without sounding much like anyone else out there, with only an occasional fleeting reference to classic prog (Genesis, Yes, Rush, Floyd) and lyrics that follow a philosophical and spiritual evolution, perhaps strongly influenced by Pedersen’s Buddhist worldview. All taken, this is an outstanding debut that delivers on many levels.
New Aristocrats Live Album on the Way – No foolin'! These supreme musicians toured Europe early in 2020, just before touring ceased to be a thing musicians could do, and there were some hot performances captured. On May 7, some of these will be releases as Freeze! Live in Europe 2020. » Read more
Jewlia Eisenberg RIP – The sad news has come out that Jewlia Eisenberg has died. As a founding member of Charming Hostess, Eisenberg changed the face of music, bringing together Balkan klezmer, American folk, and experimental rock in a distinctive blend that garnered much praise. » Read more
SoundQuest Fest 2021 – SoundQuest Fest, first experienced as a live festival in Tucson Arizona in 2010 was created by ambient music pioneer Steve Roach. This 2021 event will unite a worldwide gathering of artists and audience members together for a 3-day online event unique in the realm of ambient music. From March 26-28th a continuous flow of streamed performances, audio-video wonder worlds and deep immersion zones will burn bright on Roach’s YouTube channel. » Read more