Review: Ian Holloway & Banks Bailey - A Brief Sojourn (2009)


artist: Ian Hol­lo­way & Banks Bailey
release: A Brief Sojourn
format: CDr
year of release: 2009
label: Quiet World
dur­a­tion: 36:24

In terms of qual­ity releases, things have been run­ning smoothly for Welsh drone/ambient label Quiet World. A recent example is A Brief Sojourn, a col­lab­or­a­tion between Banks Bailey and Ian Hol­lo­way, deliv­er­ing well over half an hour of finely blen­ded drones and field record­ings.

The sound on this album is most com­par­able to that on Sum­mer­land, where both men worked together with Dar­ren Tate. A heavy dose of nature sounds like rain, birds, rust­lings, are com­bined with subtle melod­ies, drones, and pulses, together form­ing a var­ied and atmo­spheric whole. The drones and weather sounds form an organic back­drop for a broad scala of unique ‘voices’.

The release isn’t very extreme at either end of the intens­ity spec­trum; it main­tains a stable level of layered­ness and volume, without any strong erup­tions of noise or silence. A per­fect com­pan­ion piece for a jour­ney, a med­it­a­tion or relax­a­tion ses­sion, and the like. It’s a tad dark and omin­ous at times, so A Brief Sojourn will primar­ily be of interest to lov­ers of more obscure drone and ambi­ent, but that goes for most of the Quiet World titles thus far. Com­pared to what went before, in any case, this one is cer­tainly no dis­ap­point­ment.

Reviewed by O.S.

Track­list:

1. A Brief Sojourn (36:24)