When acclaimed singer, songwriter and guitarist Ronny Pedersen began embarking on a new solo project, he wanted to do something that would be as much a vehicle for his own self-expression as it would be for collaborating with other musicians. The result of that effort is Holon, Pedersen’s dark, revelatory excursion into the world of psychedelic post-prog rock. On August 12th, the debut album from Holon, The Time is Always Now, will be released on CD, double LP set and download by Autumnsongs
The Time is Always Now is a collection of songs Pedersen had been writing over the course of the last ten years. He had accumulated a sizable trove of materials and decided that the time was right to start sharing them with other music lovers. Serendipitously, he had met Rhys Marsh through a common friend around this time, played him some of these songs and Rhys offered to produce Holon. Ronny sang, provided all guitars, bass, sitar and programming; Marsh contributed vocals, pedal steel, bass, and performances on various keyboard including Mellotron; Geir Anfinn Halland Johansen (Anfinnsaas) played drums ; Silje Leirvik and Kari Harneshaug added vocals ; Ketil Vestrum Einarsen provided flute and Lars Fredrik Frøislie, Hammond organ.
The songs on the album show the influence of a wide variety of genres including acoustic folk, proto-prog rock and the sophisticated side of 60’s pop with meticulously crafted writing at its core. Many of these songs come as more muscular takes on the proggy side of classic early aughts avant-folk (Espers, Entrance, Howlin’ Rain). These songs told the story of an individual’s philosophical, spiritual and evolutionary journey towards finding their place and purpose in this world and at this particular time. They were largely based on Pedersen’s personal experiences, hugely influenced by his attraction towards the Buddhist worldview.
Today we are excited to present an exclusive premiere of Holon’s new video for “A Drop Of Me” right here on Glide Magazine. The track is a trippy blast of metallic post-prog a la prime Tool and hints of Radiohead can be heard alongside powerful drumming and rock riffs. The video itself offers a dazzling array of psychedelic images to complement the music.
WATCH Holon’s video for “A Drop Of Me”:
The Time Is Always Now will be released on the 12th August, 2016, on CD, double vinyl and download.