What I got here is a 46-minute album with 14 cyclical ambient tracks, in part inspired by work in therapy, and in part by the creative process itself. Moreover, each piece on Bob Holroyd’s “Blueprint” explores the relationship between repetition and progression where the music develops over time, slowly moving to a new place, but still retaining its central core.
Although the title track (following after the pleasant opener Timelines”) is a bit too jazzy too my ears, others like “On saying goodbye” and “Laid Bare” reveal a beautiful sense of melancholy along an unhurried yet introspective feel. The contemporary electronic “Nest”, “Opal” or “The Path Ahead” though makes nice emotive, film music-like treats. The use of trumpet, the careful layering of textures along assorted world music ingredients in his instrumental music did remind me a bit of Mark Isham occasionally, although Mr Holroyd’s progressive-oriented approach and expert sound design eventually make the outcome turn elsewhere. Filmic tracks like “Layer upon Layer” and “Photo Album”, both found in the second half, illustrate this properly.
All in all, there’s a lot to discover on the detailed, cinematic-flavoured and excellent produced/mastered “Blueprint”. Headphones-listening is encouraged.
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