Holland's newest album was released on July 4th. Although technically more complex than his previous work, the instruments and engaging melodies flow together to create an addictive musical experience for the listener.
"New age music by definition is intended to help create introspection and positive feelings," Holland says. "But I've never believed that it has to be introspective or subdued in and of itself to do that." This album does all that, from dreamy and introspective to beautiful and energetic.
Holland's second release delves deeper into the sounds and melodies that have become distinctly Holland. Rich orchestral music with rock/pop elements and unforgettable melodies wind through this 14 song new age album. Holland brings his synth lead sound to the forefront in the haunting Janice Rains, showing that synthesizer can be as expressive and meaningful as traditional lead instruments. Also on this album is a song called "The Quest", where voices can be heard in the intro. Originally released in 1995, this is one of the first new age songs to include voices. Although commonplace in today's new age music, back then it created quite a stir, and Holland was warned not to include it. He did it anyway.
Circles of 8 was released in 2016, and named one of the 10 best Contemporary Albums for that year. It has been nominated for Contemporary Instrumental Album of the Year. More introspective than his previous albums, Holland explores the harmonics and vibrations and how they relate to each other, while keeping his beautiful, haunting melodies at the forefront.
Named one of the Top 3 Electronic albums of 2016 in the OWM Music Radio Awards. Qualified for Album of the Year and Best Contemporary Instrumental Album categories in the Zone Music Radio Chart Awards
Flight of the Windmill
The following is a sampling of the many places and stations that play Holland's music:
Music Beyond Words - Denver
WGMX - Florida
WKNH 91.3 fm - Keene, NH
KALA - Iowa
CKWR - Canada
WFCF 88.5 fm - Flagler, FL
KLSY - Seattle
In the Dark Radio
Radio Arcadia - Totonto
WIIS - Key West
WWUH 91.3 fm - Hartford, CT
WDJW 89.7 fm - Somers, CT
WAPJ 89.9 fm - Torrington, CT
WWSP 89.9 fm - Wisconsin
KZUM - Lincoln, NE
WAWL - Chattenooga, TN
Daydream Alley is also playing on stations in Russia, Belarus, Spain, Costa Rica, England, the Netherlands, Australia, Italy, France, Denmark, Costa Rica, Brazil, Peru, and a host of other nations!
Circles of 8
Flight of The Windmill, Holland's first solo album, was acclaimed by reviewers as "unique, memorable new age music." Inspiring and thoughtful, it was an impressive debut release. Saxaphone is featured on two of the cuts, and it highlights the diversity of the sounds Holland is willing to use to create his melodic instrumental music.
This album also debuts what has become one of Holland's signature sounds - the use of synthesizer as the featured lead instrument. Although synths have been used to play leads in rock and pop songs since the seventies, Holland was one of the first to make the synth a melodic, featured instrument throughout a song, much like guitar is frequently used in today's music (click on "Free" on the Home page). This sound, and others helped to expand the boundaries of new age music.
Under a Second Moon
Redemption was Holland's third release. In this, he explores the edges of new age and contemporary instrumental music, winding from introspective (as in Sophia's Song) to moving and powerful (as in Powertalk). Mastered by Randy Merril at Masterdisk in NYC, this album is dynamic, sometimes intense new age music.
Holland's most ambitious album to date, Under a Second Moon is moving, melodic and varied, and supports the listener in taking a journey into their own life's experiences. Holland's ability to use a multitude of different instruments to create emotional songs makes this an album one to play over and over. With a worldwide release on August 25th, the album is available now as a Pre-sale download or purchase - buy now and recieve it August 25th.