(A stated in an earlier Holdahl review, due to the possible aspersion on my character as an unbiased reviewer, I have intentionally delayed praising Holdahl. Why you ask? I am his promotional agent at MP3.com and aye, there’s the rub. But now I must do what this fine artist deserves – be honest.)
I suppose true talent and deep inspiration is one of those gifts that the “gods of Muse” give rarely and to have such wonder fall twice upon one’s wee noggin for a second CD release is even more unlikely.
But such has happened to Holdahl. His follow-up release after his PROG is a yet again – a solid hit and this time Holdahl wanders into wildly weird head-spaces with some songs attaining a trance-like or dream sequence quality. You will find a more subdued prog rock with more of a head-tripper’s gourmet herein.
When I first heard “Cloud Formula/ High Coo/ Rama Rama 1260”, I thought I had slipped into a timeless void of aural stasis, a mental “stares” state. I had to look around and make sure reality was still happening. Holdahl has been criticized about the loops and incessant dirge in this song. He stands firm behind its formula. I heartily agree as I am an audiophile known to immerse myself in pieces that loop and recycle themselves for over an hour. Such discipline allows more than just listening to music to transpire. You are able to “go places” via an ever-spiraling staircase soundmesh.
Other such genius goodies fill this release. Also recommended is “A Procession of Lemmings” for that building upon building type of prog process that evolves into pure majesty. If you dig Holdahl then add this release to the stack.
I love jazz because next to my kids, it's the love of my life.
I was first exposed to jazz by Joe Rico from a tiny station in Niagara Falls in 1954 when I was 13.
The best show I ever attended was Maynard Ferguson who blew the roof off Massey Hall in the late 50s.
My advice to new listeners is to listen to everything you can and then listen again.