Gordon Holland releases an exciting 4-track EP called ‘Skipping Stones On A Salt Lake’

It explores various themes that go hand in hand: transformation, stagnation, journey, and good memories
13 June 2023

Gordon Holland, an Aussie alternative singer-songwriter, just dropped his 4-track EP called Skipping Stones On A Salt Lake. Harrie Kingston is responsible for recording and engineering, Digby Gillings for mixing and Lion Dance Records for mastering.

Skipping Stones On A Salt Lake explores various themes that go hand in hand: transformation, stagnation, journey, and good memories.

This EP is a rather interesting mix of melodic, lush tones blended with a more laid-back vibe. On top of that, the captivating melodies and fun elements make it even better.

Holland took on a challenge by writing a bunch of narrative songs, really tapping into his creative side while making music. He dug deeper into the more instinctive aspects of song writing.

His passion for melody and memorable hooks was the driving force of his work. He found beauty even in day-to-day life, transmitting emotions in his songs that he could not express with words alone.

On the EP’s stand out track Palm Tree Wallpaper he says: “This song is a phone call someone is having with an elderly parent, they met up at a cafe the day prior for the first time in ages. They wanted to break some bad news to their parent when they met up but the pattern of the palm trees on the wallpaper reminded them of happy times together in their childhood and they didn’t want to ruin the moment.”

On Half A Tank (And They’re All Counting On Me): “This is about someone who gets up early and has to be at their destination in a country town before sundown, they’ve got half a tank in their car and try to stay focused and avoid the distractions on the drive. I wrote this with my friend and old bandmate Daniel Lomas, I’d been thinking about how to write this for a while but it was his idea to not reveal too much detail about why the character was going to this destination, and the song just flowed from there.”

On Midnight At The Karaoke Bar: “A couple of old barflies have been going to the same suburban karaoke bar for years (maybe even decades!) and one of them is lamenting the end of the night while reminiscing about all the times they’ve had there. It’s about the absence of change.”

On Departure Lounge Blues he says – “I had heard the song “I Wonder Who You Are Waiting For” by Mike McClellan on the radio one day and became obsessed with it. I had read his blog about writing the song and found it fascinating. I started thinking about the setting of an airport departure lounge and how something that seems so routine and dull is one of the most interesting places because of the amount of people arriving and departing, what are their stories? I was talking about it with my wife, and she suggested the point of view of someone working there. So it’s kind of like someone who gets to see all these people flying off to destinations around the world and imagining where they’re going and why.”

Gordon Holland‘s music is a unique mix of alt-country and Britpop. You’ll get stuck with his huge choruses and singable verses, they’ll likely stay in your head for days.