Holland Hopson returns to song forms with Sky Sparrow Snow, a collection of seven original songs merging old-time Appalachian banjo with ambient electronics. The tunes touch on folk (“Laurel Cove“) and gospel (“Over Yonder’s Ocean“) with adventures into hybrid genres like raga blues (“Alap Catfish Impala“) or Steve Reich-meets-Dock Boggs (“No Mule“).
All of the electronic treatments happen in real-time. Holland plays banjo and sings while custom Max patches respond to the audio signals and data from his unique sensor-equipped instruments. These recordings are largely studio documents of live performances, with only minimal edits and overdubs.
Release date: 23 February 2023