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Daydream Alley

by Holland Phillips

His 4th release blends new age music with ambient, chill, light jazz and pop rock into memorable, unforgettable songs. The 12 cuts on this album take you from reflective to powerful, and leave you wanting more.
Genre: New Age: Contemporary Instrumental
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1. Etude in D Minor
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2. Two Pianos
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3. Serendipity
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4. Jazz Nite
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5. Daydream Alley
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6. Changing Times
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7. Touched By Fire
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8. Friends
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9. Last Nite Out
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10. Reflexions
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11. Sombrero Key
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12. Colors
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
holland phillips is a multi-instrumentalist composer and musician who has been creating new age and contemporary instrumental music since the eighties - music that inspires, and resonates with the soul. He creates ambient music that incorporated elements of jazz, classical music and rock, and creates engaging, memorable and melodic new age songs. holland also writes for television and movie soundtracks - his work has been heard on everything from radio to daytime television shows to underwater concerts to airline music channels.

"His work is forthright and engaging - a cut above the rest," Heartsong Review.

"A very listenable album, great playing, great variation, and some melodies along the way that will leave you begging for more." Soundmind Magazine

"This is more than new age music. It's an escape." Synth Music Network

"Pop this one into your CD player when you're in the mood to huff a little contented sign and know that all is right with the world." The New Times

"On tunes such as these, Holland proves that new age music need not be wimpy." The Bergen Record

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One World Music

Holland Phillips has created something special
Here is an album that has it all, keyboards, synths and a stunning array of lead instrumentation from them all, it gives us one of those rare albums dear readers, which is so addictive I have now played it three times back to back.
Holland Phillips has taken us back in his musical time machine to various eras along our journey, the opener employs a wistful violin to create the beginning foray, and it’s called Etude in D Minor. One can find elements of early New Age and a little neo classical here, but a fine start indeed.
Now I warn you, this release has two tracks upon it that I personally rate as some of the best music I have heard for many years, more on those later, but from the opener we move into a delightful track called, Two Piano’s, with its John Lennon beginning we are gifted a smooth piece, that continually builds and progresses as it adds further instrumentation.
Now we’re here, we’re at the port of brilliance, when I heard this I was deeply moved, it took me back a few years, with its almost Medwyn Goodall style, mixed with a little early 90’s pop, this is one of those tracks aforementioned and it’s called Serendipity. I will say further that this composition is so well crafted I am moving it right onto one of our official playlists here at OWMR, yes it is that good!
Jazz Nite will lay its musical hands on you like a caring lover in the middle of the hustle and bustle of the city lights and tell you everything is all right. This smooth piece will sweep us majestically into the arms of the title track called of course Daydream Alley. There is a certain cinematic quality to the title track, its progressive build has to be admired and Phillips has not missed the opportunity of exceling with his signature composition.
Now for another moment of musical majesty, mix Pink Floyds Time and Mike Oldfield’s Tubular Bells and you get the main essence of the next track, Changing Time. Check this track out and try counting time signatures, you may find it an interesting exercise.
Touched by Fire has almost an 80’s last dance of the night quality about it, again there is an almost progressive sense here and the melody once more reminds me of Medwyn Goodall, back in time to an album called Timeless! Trust me; this is so tuneful, that you will be whistling this one in your sleep.
Friends is a feel good track, the melody is upbeat and very sweet and when you listen to this piece dear reader, you will feel the happiness and laughter that can be found deep in the weave on this one.
Now this one brings back a few memories, the early 90’s can be touched here through the track called Last Nite Out. I must admit that this is a delightful repose, to a time that seemed far easier that it actually was and in parts the inclusion of the sax reminds me of the UK’s Andy Pickford, this one is a bit special.
But here it is, I must own up now and state that I have now played this composition six times and it won’t end there, this is a piece called Reflections and it is way beyond utter genius, the minor chords here have inspired me to plug in my keyboard and create, this is one of the most stunning tracks I have listened to for some time. Now another reason why this is so clever, is that it uses the harpsichord from the 18th Century, but amalgamates it with a sound that I distinctly and very fondly remember from the late 80’s, we have here an anthem of utter quality, that is also destined to be play listed.
The penultimate track is a laid back piece called Sombrero Key. This piece has a warm quality to it that cannot be denied, while we end with the sumptuous Colours, to round off our magical mystery tour with Holland Phillips and his album Daydream Alley. Colours, is a perfect end piece and carefully constructed, it has a beautifully subtle power to it that almost takes us into the realms of progressive rock.
Holland Phillips has created something special here; he has taken past, present and future and moulded them all into one. Dear constant listener and reader, we are in an era of such abundant musical genius, Holland Phillips is one of those composers that if you do not get this album and stumble across it in years to come, you’re going to be kicking yourself very hard, get it now and be fulfilled today.
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helena

SYNTHESIST HOLLAND PHILLIPS CREATES NEW-AGE-POP AND NEO-CLASSICAL
If you enjoy hearing a versatile synthesizer player at work, take a listen to the album DAYDREAM ALLEY by Holland Phillips. This keyboardist is known for his exquisite synthesizer playing and lovely melodies. He uses the synth to sound like a synthesizer at times, but also piano, violin, a string section, chimes, bass, drums, oboe, bassoon, sax, percussion, electric piano, French horns, trombones, B3 organ, harpsichord, chimes, flute, percussion and more. And his instrumental new age sound touches on other genres such as neo-classical, contemporary-jazz and light-progressive-rock.

Even though Phillips creates all of the music on the new album using a wide array of keyboards and synthesizers (both modern and others from decades past), he realistically captures the sounds of many different band and orchestral instruments. One way he does this is by learning to play the real instruments first so he knows the range, limitations and capabilities of each one.

On this album Phillips explores the sounds of new age-pop (“Serendipity”), neo-classical (“Etude in D Minor”), jazzy-new age (“Jazz Nite”), two pianos dueting (“Two Pianos”) and much more. His history includes years of studying classical music, playing in and touring with many classic-rock and progressive-rock bands, and working as a session musician. This is his fourth solo album. His influences range from Rick Wakeman to Alan Parsons.

One listen to this new album and you will be amazed by not only his versatility of styles, but his expertise in molding synthisized sounds into a lovely and melodic cohesion.
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Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
"Daydream Alley" is multi-instrumentalist Holland Phillips’ fourth album, but a first for me. Utilizing a broad range of keyboards and synthesizers, old and new, Phillips very convincingly demonstrates why so many composer/musicians who think outside the box are increasingly assigned the “new age” category. I’m not saying that Phillips’ music doesn’t fit the genre, but there is such a wide variety of styles in his music that these twelve tracks really don’t fit into any “box” - and hallelujah for that! Phillips started piano lessons at a few years old and guitar at 8. The son of a music teacher who always had an assortment of instruments around the house, he enjoyed experimenting with and creating music with these instruments and learned to play many musical styles as he grew up. As a music major in college, he immersed himself in classical music. Required to compose symphonies and other orchestrations, he learned as much about each instrument as he could, including their playable ranges and the unique characteristics of each. As a result, the parts he creates for those instruments on keyboards and synths are convincing and “natural” sounding. Holland also enjoys the sounds of synths themselves and takes full advantage of their versatility.

"Daydream Alley" begins with “Etude in D Minor,” a haunting yet rhythmic piece that would work in film noir or as a sultry slow dance - an intriguing start! “Two Pianos” is a piano duet that also includes bass and strings. The more fully-orchestrated “Serendipity” has a strong backbeat and a light, easy-going melody. “Jazz Night” is a favorite with a bluesy piano in the lead backed by sax, drums, bass and strings. I love the title track and its bittersweet slow groove. “Changing Times” refers to the constantly-changing time signature of the piece (it changes for each phrase). I really like the drama and intensity of this one along with the almost magical quality of the instrumentation! On the lighter side is the buoyant and joyful “Friends,” truly a celebration of the best that life has to offer! “Reflexions” utilizes a harpsichord sound and a steady tempo to give it something of an 18th century classical feel. I hear more than a little influence from JS Bach in this one - as charming as it is beautiful! Trumpet, flute and strings flesh it out to a full richness that I’m sure ol’ JS would appreciate. “Colors” was named for its “broad palette” and was influenced by the great Alan Parsons (no relation). Sometimes playful and sometimes more serious and graceful, it’s a great closing to a great album!

"Daydream Alley" is recommended!
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Michael Diamond (www.michaeldiamondmusic.com)

Reveiw excerpt from Music and Media Focus
One thing that I’d like to point out at this early stage of focusing on Holland’s music is his use of synthesizers, both for electronic sounds as well as their ability to emulate real instruments. While he uses synths extensively for both these purposes, Holland’s orchestral scoring with them is exceptional. The music on “Daydream Alley” features the sounds of piano, violin, a string section, chimes, bass, drums, oboe, bassoon, sax, percussion, electric piano, French horns, trombones, B3 organ, harpsichord, chimes, flute, percussion, and more in addition to electronic sounds.

The album opens with a track called “Etude in D Minor,” which has been described as a “modern classical piece.” Its an interesting description because, although there are neo-classical influences, there are other touches, in particular the electric piano, that add a jazzy new age feel. But a high point in the song is the soaring violin sounds that brought to mind jazz-fusion artist Jean Luc Ponty. Also of interest is a three-part counterpoint section between the violin, a group of French horns and the string section, which shine a first light on Holland’s composing and arranging abilities. A track called “Serendipity” is a fully orchestrated piece with an upbeat airy new age/ fantasy vibe that could appeal to fans of David Arkenstone or Vangelis. A similar feel is also found in the album’s title track, and a song called “Friends” as well. Another standout piece for me was the closing track entitled “Colors.” This song, for me, evoked feelings of grandeur and majesty, and felt like a soundtrack in search of a movie.

So, while I have mentioned other artists as reference points, there is an air of originality to Holland’s music, and a style that is his own. I greatly enjoyed “Daydream Alley” and was impressed with Holland’s flair for composing and arranging, as well as his formidable instrumental abilities in playing all the tracks on the recording. This is an album that I believe will appeal to a wide range of listeners… and dreamers.


To read a full length feature article on this album, as well as others, please visit: www.michaeldiamondmusic.com
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