NO MATTER WHAT STATE OF ELECTRONIC MUSIC IS IN, L.A. TRANSPLANT BOOM BIP JUST KEEPS ON BLEEPIN'
As you read this, Bryan Hollon (aka Boom Bip), has just finished his fifth full-length album, has plans to remix a track for Electric Light Orchestra, and is probably working on inventing an instrument which records the music he pictures in his head. In a nutshell: genius. His various collaborations range from cLOUDDEAD's Doseone, to most recently, Gruff Rhys of the Super Furry Animals, and he's remixed and been remixed countless times.
He's also virtually a one man band. Not like he's got cymbals strapped to his knees and a harmonica hanging from his mouth, but he played every instrument on the album himself. His recording process hasn't changed much since his previous album Seed to Sun, but his surroundings definitely have and that's made a huge difference. "I think because this is the first record I've recorded since I've been out in L.A., that definitely had an effect on me having a new perspective, a new place, and a new studio."
On past albums, Boom Bip has been known to lurk in a realm of music which can only be described as experimental funk hop, however his new album Blue Eyed in The Red Room (Lex) sees Boom Bip evolving into yet another undiscovered dimension.
Does he take pleasure in eluding the would-be pigeonholers? The answer is…well he really doesn't see the point of it all. "I want people to stop being so genre-obsessed when it comes to my music and just appreciate it for being the music that I'm making."
Blue Eyed sounds like it could have been made in a bubble on Pluto or a cave in Iceland. It's Boards of Canada having a sleepover in Mum's tree house. The beauty of Boom Bip's music is the way he evokes complex images with the simplest of melodies.