Bob Holroyd: One of the UK’s foremost ambient + electronic music composers announces new album + shares single
‘Beige’, is the first single to be taken from ‘Football Chants and Nursery Rhymes’ (released 12th May via Six Degrees Records), the new album from one of the UK’s foremost electronic composers and producers, Bob Holroyd. “The opening track on my new album, ‘Beige’ is a deliberately slow building atmosphere. As if surveying a desert, ‘Beige’ is seemingly empty, but the subtle changing textures that shift and move create glimpses of a tune and rhythm allowing the piece the space to breathe and develop in its own time.”
From the gentle touches of piano on ‘Beige’, to the post-rock rumblings of ‘The Day Before’ and the haunting fragility of ‘Big Fields’, Holroyd looks to explore sounds, spaces, and everything in between. ‘Football Chants and Nursery Rhymes’ is an album of emotion – a tender, touching album full of feeling and sentiment. There’s a reflective beauty to the emotive ‘Straight Jacket’ while swathes of affecting electronica dictate the flow of ‘Cart Blanche’. Elsewhere, ‘Capture’ flickers on the edge of melody and ambience and the minimalistic classicism of ‘Ship Sailed’ and ‘Mangled Pianos’ show a musician capable of remarkable tenderness.
Bob Holroyd ‘Football Chants and Nursery Rhymes’
‘The Day Before’
‘The Surrey Ambience Service’
‘Hiding In Plain Sight’
Holroyd has made music in both the electronic and ambient fields over a period of four decades and has received hight praise from numerous tastemaker media including Mojo, DJ, Mixmag, RA and Clash among many others over a rich and varied career. His tenth studio album, ‘Football Chants and Nursery Rhymes’ combines organic instruments and modern sound manipulations. Holroyd creates emotional sound collages and soundscapes, bridging the gap between ambient, neo-classical and electronica. Dispensing with any drums or percussion on the majority of the fourteen tracks across the album, ‘Football Chants and Nursery Rhymes’ is the antithesis of the immediate social media driven world, an unhurried atmospheric journey of organic and electronic soundscapes, sometimes uplifting, sometimes anxious, reflecting the uncertain times we have seen, and are currently living through. The album title ‘Football Chants and Nursery Rhymes’ derives from a conversation Holroyd had with a musician friend who commented on what type of music people say the like in relation to what they actually buy. This sentiment also extends to record labels who imply they are looking for something new and different yet seemingly release the same kind of music. “Although they think something different, all people actually want is football chants and nursery rhymes”.
Cult club classics ‘African Drug’, ‘Drumming Up A Storm’ and ‘The Day Before’ put one foot firmly on the dancefloor and as a result, his work has been remixed by artists including Fourtet, Coldcut, Francois K, Joe Claussell, Extrawelt, Nitin Sahwney, Mogwai, Synkro, CASSIMM, Steve Roach and The Album Leaf. His more recent work, including the critically acclaimed 2018 album ‘The Cage’, has essentially explored ambient, textural spaces incorporating elements of neoclassical, jazz and found sounds. Holroyd’s music has also been used extensively for film and TV including the Warner Bros. Pictures production The Dark Knight directed by Christopher Nolan, the hugely successful TV series’ The Sopranos, True Blood and Lost and the multi award winning documentary Living in the Future’s Past, produced and narrated by Jeff Bridges. He continues to work for various production music libraries including Chappell, Bruton, Grey Man, Zone, and Unity.
When is Bob Holroyd’s “Football Chants and Nursery Rhymes” album released?
‘Football Chants and Nursery Rhymes’ will be released on 12th May via Six Degrees Records
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