Patrick Holland has built an impressive discography in recent years with a stream of quality releases via labels such as Clone’s Royal Oak imprint, Spring Theory, Lone’s Magicwire and most recently his Hope You’re Well EP on Ninja Tune’s Technicolour imprint.
Following recent excursions channeling the big room sound, he returns with a sleeker, more refined EP. “For this record I pushed myself to keep things more minimal than usual, in a relative sense.” he explains. “Focusing on repetition in melody, rhythm and harmony, putting a lot of trust in my initial ideas and letting them play out. It was harder to stop than to add more.”
The resulting five tracks span upbeat opener ‘Napoletana’ – “a rough and ready duet between a MFB 522 drum machine and Juno 106”; through the swirling improvised piano loops of ‘Last Day’ – recorded in an hour just before he packed up his gear at the studio of fellow Montreal residents Braids and moved it all home; to the bumpy 2-step of ‘Less and Less’.