Some call what he creates New Age, others Contemporary Instrumental or even Electronic music - in fact, Holland's 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."
Music by Holland
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"I admire any artist that can take a blank canvas and create something so beautiful and that is exactly what Holland does on Circles of 8."
Keith Hannaleck - New Age Music Reviews
"Circles of 8 provides an immersive listening experience as stimulating to the mind’s eye as to the ear in its blend of expressive melodies and visionary soundscapes." Michael Diamond, Music and Media Focus
With a scheduled release of August 25th, Holland's new album is already taking shape. Titled Under a Second Moon, this one promises to be his most memorable album yet!
Holland's 2016 Release
Circles of 8
Holland Phillips released Circles of 8 on August 26th, 2016. His 5th, this album is slightly more introspective than his previous ones, focusing on the lush orchestration and the beautiful melodies he is known for. Highly acclaimed by reviewers, it reached #6 on the Top 110 ZMR radio charts, and #8 on the OWM Radio music charts in Europe. It was just nominated for Contemporary Instrumental Album of the Year at OWM Radio in Europe, and is currently playing in 19 countries across the world. Look for it online or in stores!
"“Holland Phillips is a keyboardist to be reckoned with."Magle International Music Forum
Under a Second Moon
"Holland Phillips is one talented fellow."
Holland's New Release Coming this August!
" 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
Holland's first album, Flight of the Windmill, was released in 1994 under the Gorilla label. Subsequent releases include Castles, Redemption, Daydream Alley in 2015, and most recently Circles of 8 in 2016, all on the Ageless Records label. He is currently working on his sixth, which is scheduled to be released late summer 2016.
Check out the new video from Holland's Circles of 8 album called 'The Moment'.
Named one of the Top 3 Electronic Albums of 2015
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"Absolutely spectacular music." WGMX Radio.
Want to listen while you check out the site? Click on the music player to hear almost an hour of Holland's music, in no particular order, from a number of his albums, including his most recent, Daydream Alley.
Classically trained, Holland Phillips has studied everything from modal scales to Chopin to Queensryche. 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. It's new age and contemporary instrumental music at its best.