Following his solo 'poppy' sample madness of 'Handle This Wino Like He Was Angel' (see Vital Weekly 721) Ian Holloway returns here to his familiar background that of drone music, along with Darren Tate, who is of course known as the man behind Ora. He plays 'squeeze box', guitar and percussion) here, while Holloway takes responsibility for piano, wooden flute and sea recordings. Its divided in two parts, of which the second is the longer piece. The first is an intro like piece for some flowing synthesizer like sounds, and then it goes into the second piece, the main thing. Its hard to recognize many of the instruments used in this tracks, squeeze box? percussion? A guitar, yes, sea sounds, yes, piano too. Its perhaps too easy to say that this is just a beautiful piece of music, but it is. A great slow flow of sounds, a quiet sea on a calm day type of music. Nothing more, nothing less than just that. Nothing new under the burning drone sun, but in these capable hands a great piece of music.. - Frans de Waard, Vital Weekly
Somewhere on the Welsh coast, Ian Holloway and Darren Tate stand ankle-deep in the foam and gaze as far as they can at the earthÂ´s horizon in the brief, opening mood-setter of The Earth in Play. The accompanying layered and process wooden flute overture gives the impression that the view is spectacular.
"The Earth in Play 2" takes up the subsequent thirty minutes with finely-crafted ambience suggestive of a wider, more cosmic view of the planet. The image is green and blue and sunlit, the pace slow and deliberate as organic growth. Sparse clusters of piano notes add detail to the bed of drone. Eventually, the piece transforms with the piano assuming the lead. This occurs so discreetly and seamlessly, it takes a while to notice. A kind of revolving splendour rendered with keen clarity of vision.. - Stephen Fruitman, Sonomou