Don Himlin | Basket Full Of Holes

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Basket Full Of Holes

by Don Himlin

ethno techno spiritual prog-rock pop
Genre: Electronic: Pop Crossover
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1. Luscious
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2. Preoccupied
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3. Nothing In The Way Of Love
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4. Beloved
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5. How Many
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6. Only Hear You
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7. These Here Days
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8. Shine
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Have some ethno-techno-spiritual-prog-rock-pop!

I have always found myself, when confronted with a new acquaintance, at a loss to answer the nearly inevitable question (once the topic of \'what one does\' arises): what kind of music do you write?

Some artists seem to have no difficulty rattling off concise characterizations of their creations - clearly communicating their nature, genre, and likely demographic appeal.

Somewhat envious of this talent for its obvious usefulness, I set out to craft such a definition for my own work and, with tongue planted somewhat firmly in cheek, managed to chew out the above pigeonhole classification.

A more specific definition:

Ethno: This has to do with the types of rhythm I gravitate towards and the choice of percussive instrumentation I utilize more so than any conscious exploration of musical culture.

Techno: I threw this in to include my love affair with synthesizers and frequencies and their importance as starting points for composing and blueprints or maps for direction.

Spiritual: Both a mainstay of my lyrical content and a deep personal muse, the spiritual element of my music occupies the center of this \'definition\' as it does my life. What kind of spirituality am I speaking of? I am a Christian. While I do not intend my works to be either \'praise music\' or specifically evangelical in purpose, I do not hesitate to own up to this content and influence.

Prog-rock & Pop: So what does it all sound like? I focused on the idea of \'progressive\' both because music of the latter sixties and seventies that was so labeled cast a strong influence upon me, and because the structures, arrangements and sounds I tend to choose are similarly different from the mainstream, but I softened that label with \'pop\' because my music is also not so serious and, hopefully, somewhat accessible. I would certainly feel no shame in making something many people might enjoy hearing.

So there you have it. Of course, now that I\'ve built myself a box, I\'ll surely desire to break out of it. Ah well...so it goes.


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Leonard's Lair

In lesser hands, this could have been a work of folly but Himlin's unusual arran
"Ethno-techno-spiritual-progrock-pop" is how Don Himlin helpfully describes his new album 'Basket Full Of Holes'. It is undoubtedly the prog side which he leans most towards but nevertheless there's some lovely moments of clarity amidst the shape-shifting sounds and Christian sentiments. Quirky minimalist melodies can be discovered on 'Nothing In The Way Of Love' and 'These Here Days' whilst 'How Many' offers a more direct and likeable take on the work of Yes. Throughout, Himlin's vocals are pleasantly understated and even the six-part 'A Joyful Noise (Suite)' is almost worthy of its ambitious title. In lesser hands, this could have been a work of folly but Himlin's unusual arrangements are always imaginative and occasionally even uplifting.