Holland Phillips | Under a Second Moon

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Under a Second Moon

by Holland Phillips

Holland's 6th album is rich, varied and showcases the artist's ability to create rich textures and memorable melodies, all in a set of 11 new age/contemporary instrumental songs.
Genre: New Age: Contemporary Instrumental
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Out of the Frying Pan
4:13 $0.99
2. Taking the Road Not Taken
4:40 $0.99
3. A Moment in Time
3:56 $0.99
4. Possibly Maybe
4:21 $0.99
5. Under a Second Moon
4:05 $0.99
6. Love Comes Gently
4:28 $0.99
7. Long Way Home
4:58 $0.99
8. Deepening Skies
4:02 $0.99
9. Looking Back
3:28 $0.99
10. It Comes to This
4:02 $0.99
11. Fairytale Nights
3:39 $0.99
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Classically trained with a degree in Music Composition, Holland focused his school time analyzing the classical masters, improving his piano skills, and focusing on music therapy studies and how sounds affect the human body. During that period he also learned to play most of the orchestral instruments so that he could better understand their characteristics. After graduation he spent a number of years touring with southern and classic rock bands throughout the Midwest and Canada,

The result is memorable New Age music with elements of ambient, contemporary instrumental and even light jazz, intertwined with beautiful melodies that are hard to forget. Using everything from pianos and orchestral instruments to synthesizers and live instruments like saxophone and guitar, Holland explores the New Age genre and produces a unique and memorable musical style.



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Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
"Under a Second Moon" is the sixth release from composer and multi-instrumentalist Holland Phillips and his third album in the past three years. Phillips is a classically-trained musician who earned a degree in Music Composition. In addition to focusing on music therapy and how sounds affect the human body, he also learned to play most of the orchestral instruments to better understand their characteristics. After graduation, Phillips spent a number of years touring with southern and classic rock bands throughout the midwest and Canada. With these diverse musical roots, it is no wonder that Phillips’ original music incorporates a broad range of musical styles and genres. Phillips composed the eleven tracks on the album and performs on pianos, synths and guitars; Paul Christensen provides sax on several tracks.

I enjoyed reading about the origin of the title for the album. It follows the theme of a fantasy novel Phillips wrote, but "Under a Second Moon" is also “that place that you can go, the place that’s only real in your own head; that mystical place where anything is possible and dreams are the fields that you play in.” Then Phillips discovered that we actually do live under a second moon, one that scientists discovered only a few years ago - “for now, we are all part of a magical moment in time where we live and dream and work under two moons, and explore our life’s journey in the company of both.” Interesting!

The album begins with “Out of the Frying Pan,” which features Paul Christensen on sax as well as a variety of keyboards and orchestral sounds. Mysterious and magical, it’s an intriguing opener! “Taking The Road Not Taken” has a buoyant feeling of anticipation and adventure. “Possibly Maybe” is more relaxed with a gently swaying rhythm. Piano, percussion, wordless vocals, and other synth instrumentation create a lovely piece that is simple, smooth and very effective. The title song has Christensen in the lead with his passionate, soulful sax. A favorite, I love the drama of this one! I also really like “Love Comes Gently” and how easily it evokes images of a romantic slow dance. My favorite track on the album is “Long Way Home” which has more of a rock influence. The driving beat and bittersweet melody come to life with keyboards, percussion and electric guitars as well as haunting vocals. I think I could listen to this one all day! “Deepening Skies” is perhaps the most orchestrated piece on the album with piano, flute, strings, horns and more. Relaxed yet also on the melancholy side, it’s a beauty! “It Comes To This” expresses powerful emotions with its beautiful melody. Played mostly on piano backed with keyboard and strings, there are dreamy moments to soften the more passionate passages. “Fairytale Nights” is peaceful and soothing with just a touch of magic (there are no witches or dragons in this one!), and brings this excellent album to a close.

"Under a Second Moon" is varied in styles yet holds together really well as cohesive album. Recommended!

Steve Sheppard

Review from One World Music Radio
There are few who create music that have that quite outstanding ability to literally transform the images in your mind, and transport you back to days of a halcyon proportion, few that can create musical images that allow you to relive those heart felt moments, when everything seemed perfect, one such person, one such artist, who can do that, is Holland Phillips.
Holland has now revealed a new album; it’s called Under a Second Moon, it is another opportunity for us all to take a trip down memory lane, and enjoy some deeply emotive moments long since gone. We start this sojourn with the opening offering entitled Out of the Frying Pan. This mournful repose has that, oh so delightful, Holland Phillips minor chord usage. The emotive quality of this piece says it all, and to my ears it is almost a composition of surrender, as within our life’s path, we jump from the fire and into the frying pan!
The following arrangement is one that I have just featured in a show, you will always find plenty of tracks on a Phillips album that will not just call to you, they will scream out at you, and this is one of them. Taking the Road Not Taken is a suggestive composition of brilliance; it has a real energy of expectancy built into the keyboard performance. Again the memorable tones could take us back to the 90’s, but this is one fine example of a memory built piece that has so much to offer, and is so very enjoyable.
A Moment in Time, this is one of those pieces that will make you sigh, reflect, smile, and move on. Wonderfully composed and beautifully written, this is a track that has a lighter heart and is an anthem for living in the moment, which Holland Phillips has captured that perfectly.
Upon our musical table now lay’s a composition called Possibly Maybe. Phillips has once more manifested something truly beautiful here, but also added in through his performance on keyboards, an element of hope and happiness from the borderlands of expectation.
As we drift on the wings of musical clouds, we come across a piece that is so deeply emotional at its core, and then as a sax is added to create even more depth and passion, we find ourselves staring at the canvas that is the title track, Under a Second Moon. This is a treat of sensual pleasures, that has a night filled quality of a moment in the arms of someone you really love feel about it, pure class oozes from this offering and it a prime example of the genius of composition building that is, Holland Phillips.
A slow and mood filled piano takes us by the hand and leads us well over and into the second half of the release. Love Comes Gently is our partner for the next few minutes; this musical companion is soft, calming and tender to our needs. Listen carefully to the tempo and progression of this track, its smooth and magically created, to leave you feeling so very warm and nurtured inside.
We are wading in deep waters now, as we reach the piece Long Way Home, the tempo picks up, but it’s a track of endurance and determination created to give you that extra energy to build on the desire to actually get home. This is a cleverly paced piece by Phillips that also contains some quite powerful and redolent percussion, as well as an inspiring performance on keyboards that drives us on homewards.
Ever stood and watched a distant storm build on the horizon and just allowed your senses to feel the approach of that on-coming rage and the darkening sky. What is so gentle can be so absorbing, and this quite picturesque offering called Deepening Skies has that very essence of energy about it. This is deeply moody and insightful; there is an element of tension in the composition that builds to a crescendo, and just hovers in its introspective Elton John Funeral for a Friend discipline.
By the time you have arrived at this piece, your moods will have been nearly satiated, your musical desires fulfilled somewhat, but there is still room to thrill you some more, and we can add to this state of musical bliss by laying before you a track called Looking Back. Like Save the Dance, this has that in-built sense of time and memory, a few minutes to literally look over your shoulder at what has got you to this point in your life, a moment of contemplative and wistful reverie.
I have listened to this piece a few times now and with each spin my heart is drawn closer to its energies. It Comes to This, is perhaps the anthem for that moment when all the choices have all run out. Phillips performance here on keyboards draws a narrative of acceptance and cleverly so, the build and empowering efforts of the music, leave us only one choice, and that is always onwards or surrender.
So we reach the final path home and before Holland Phillips leaves this realm of his creation, he would like to gift us a piece of music to take along on our way, and it’s the quite charming Fairytale Nights. The soft and soothing fluency of this track is the perfect way to leave the album, and leaves us the listener once more completely fulfilled in all ways.
Under a Second Moon is another stunning album, that provokes thought, creates musical memory, allows us to recreate moments of time, so deep and emotive, yes, there are few who can do this, and Holland Phillips is such a musician, who with every arrangement, every composition, manifests songs for you that literally come from his very own heart and into yours. Under a Second Moon is a classic piece of contemporary instrumental music that will raise the bar for all to come.

Candice Michelle

Review from Journeyscapes Radio
Under A Second Moon is the sixth album by multi-instrumentalist Holland Phillips and follow-up to his 2016 album, Circles of Eight. Comprised of eleven compositions spanning forty-six minutes, Holland’s latest album follows the new age / contemporary musical style of his previous releases, drawing heavily upon a distinguishable and well-worn 1980’s synthesized sound. In fact, notable comparisons could be drawn to some of the earliest works by both Yanni and David Arkenstone, as well as to a lesser degree that of Bill Douglas and Richard Souther. Throughout the album Holland plays piano, synthesizer and guitar while Paul Christensen lends saxophone to a couple of pieces. Additionally, subtle programmed beats underscore many of the arrangements.

The opening piece, “Out of the Frying Pan”, is enjoyably fey-like with its sampled wind instrument and metallic keyboard notes, as it moves at a rhythmic pace sans a definable drumbeat. Ostensibly retrospective in its essence, this piece along with others on the album seemingly convey a notion of viewing framed photos or snapshots of different scenes in time, as opposed to that of being present in the captured moments to experience them in real-time. One such example is the aptly named, “A Moment in Time”, a slightly jazz-infused number that perfectly illustrates the album’s cover painting of moonlight and landscape. Many of the compositions skew heavily sentimental, such as noted on the title piece, “Under a Second Moon”, an instrumental ballad that's accompanied by saxophone and a tender keyboard arrangement. Comparatively, I found myself most appreciating the more whimsical and fantasy-like moments on the album, such as that exemplified on “Long Way Home”, a dynamic electronic piece with a cinematic flair and easily my favorite of the lot. In my view, the 80’s-era musical influences works best on pieces such as this, with its retro guitar riffs and vintage drum programming that are further complimented by some Pat Metheny-esque vocal lines.

Rather than simply being modern music with a vintage edge, everything about these compositions – from the production, melodies, arrangements and sound quality– seemingly hails straight from the 1980’s, thereby recalling the reigning era of cassette tapes with some sense of nostalgia. An enjoyably positive listening experience overall, Under A Second Moon will likely most appeal to those who appreciate classic ‘new age’ synthesizer music of the melodic and rhythmic variety!