‘The Surrey Ambience Service’ new Bob Holroyd on Real World X

The second of three two-track digital singles from Bob Holroyd ‘The Surrey Ambience Service’ / ‘Searching’ is released on Real World X today, following hot on the heels of last month’s release of ‘Mangled Pianos’ / ‘Steal’.

These two new, complimentary pieces were written during the last 18 months of uncertainty and they use repetition and layers of sound to reflect the, often contradictory, emotions we’ve all experienced in this period.

Like a musical emergency-response team for the nervous system, the evocatively titled ‘The Surrey Ambience Service’, offers the antidote to the feelings of tension and uncertainty that waiting on the unknown engenders, “My music has become a lot about space, not rushing, letting the ideas gradually form,” says Holroyd. “I love to explore the textures of different sounds, and how these can be combined to make a sort of sonic collage. This track definitely is about the waiting, the tension of not knowing what will happen. But things can and do develop within us, layer by layer and we do move to a different internal space – we just can’t always push it.”

Bob Holroyd 'The Surrey Ambience Service', produced and directed by Simon Morton, Orange Eye Ltd.
The idea was to create an aural representation of the feeling I had during lockdown, which was a time where I was doing the same, or very similar things, every day, without much variation or structure. Bob Holroyd

The second track ‘Searching’ has a similar meaning and influence, built around repetitive lines that develop, as if adding more colours. “The repetition for me is sort of like daydreaming, it allows my mind to wander. The middle of this track when the piano loop temporarily stops is like being lost in one’s thoughts, but then coming back to them again, slightly clearer.”

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By Online Editor

Published on Fri, 20 August 21

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