Nominated for 2015 Best Electronic Album
in the One World Music Radio Awards
and qualified for
Album of the Year
Best Contemporary Instrumental Album
for the 2015 ZMR Chart Awards
Daydream Alley, Holland's 4th album, was released on July 4th, 2015. It reached # 9 on the ZMR Top 100 Charts for radio airplay, ran on the Top 100 charts in Europe for 5 months, and was rated #255 out of 4000 New Age albums for 2015. It is playing in Great Britain, Denmark, Australia, France, Russia, Spain, China, most of South America and across the United States, Canada and Mexico. This new album adds another dimension to instrumental music.
Some call what he creates New Age, others Contemporary Instrumental or even Electronic music - in fact, his 2015 Daydream Alley album generated nominations and qualifiers for awards in all those categories. - yet somehow his music remains somewhat uncategorizable, a position Holland is unappologetic for. "Because of all the experience in so many different genres, I tend to worry more about how the melodies and instruments fit together, rather than worry about what category the song might eventually fit into. It gives me a wider palette of sounds and styles to work from." With all that, he is able to create songs and melodies that stay in the listener's mind for a long time. "In the end," he says, "it's all about the melody and how it makes you feel when you hear it."
Classically trained, Holland studied everything from modal scales to Chopin to the Beatles. That, along with years of touring with southern rock and classic rock bands, as well as show bands and studio work in a variety of genres, gave him the breadth to blend a variety of styles into a memorable, unique musical style.
Holland Phillips is a keyboardist, musician and composer who has been recording and producing passionate, melodic instrumental music since the nineties.
“If you enjoy new age music, but are just a bit tired of solo piano, world-flavored ditties or ambient drone, give this one a listen for something full-bodied and enjoyable.”
"Fortunately, it doesn't really fit into any other category than good." Soundmind Magazine
" The music is well orchestrated and has more than enough motion in it to transport you to better places. Moving between combinations of jazz, classical and pop, Holland uses electronic waves, classical piano and some interesting playing..."
Synth Music Network
"Sweeping musical fusion colors the listener's imagination about past and future possibilities, connecting a sense of wonder with dreams of boundless optimism."
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His first album, Flight of the Windmill, was released in 1994 under the Gorilla label. Subsequent releases include Castles, Redemption, and his new release Daydream Alley, all on the Ageless Records label. Daydream Alley was released on July 4th, 2015.
"Absolutely spectacular music."WGMX Radio.