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The stunning and epic debut album from holon, featuring a dazzling array of Norwegian guest artists.

'The Time Is Always Now' is the debut album from "holon," a solo project from singer, songwriter and guitarist Ronny Pedersen. The album was recorded at Norway's Autumnsongs Recording Studio in Trondheim produced and mixed by Rhys Marsh. Special guest musicians who contributed include Lars Fredrik Frøislie (Wobbler / White Willow), Silje Leirvik, Ketil Vestrum Einarsen (Jaga Jazzist / Kaukasus), and Geir Anfinn Halland Johansen (Anfinnsaas) as well as Marsh.

'The Time Is Always Now' is a collection of songs Pedersen had been writing over the course of the last ten years. He had accumulated a sizeable trove of materials and decided that the time was right to start sharing them with other music lovers. Serendipitously, he had met Rhys Marsh through a common friend around this time, played him some of these songs and Rhys offered to produce holon.

The songs on The 'Time Is Always Now' show the influence of a wide variety of genres including acoustic folk and the sophisticated side of 60's pop with meticulously crafted writing at its core. Originally, the plan was to record an arbitrary selection of his oldest songs, but as Ronny started to review his whole body of work, he noticed that certain songs fit together in an extraordinary way -- almost like pieces in a puzzle -- to create an overall story. These songs told the story of an individual's philosophical, spiritual and evolutionary journey towards finding their place and purpose in this world and at this particular time. They were largely based on Pedersen's personal experiences, hugely influenced by his attraction towards the Buddhist worldview.

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released August 12, 2016

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Track Name: The Belly Of Being
Who are we?
Where are we?
Welcome to a soul safari!

What are we?
Why are we?
Are we playing an untold story?

Who are we?
Where are we?
Welcome to a soul safari!

What are we?
Why are we?
Are we playing an untold story?

Who are we?
Where are we?
Welcome to a soul safari!

What are we?
Why are we?
Are we playing an untold story?
Track Name: The Times They Are A-Taming
(part I : The Times They Are A Taming)

In the forest we dance and we sing
We’re the creatures untamed by a king
We follow nature and nature provides
We won’t adhere to those holy lies

To the city we came to feed
Seeking knowledge to fill a need
Of understanding our own portrayal
The rules that govern where we set sail

Life, to live it rightfully
I say, we need to find a way
Time, might bring balance
Astray, it’s just another day

Time went by and we hungered for more
We peeled the onion but we found no core
Our time was spent trying to drench our thirst
With substitutes that felt good at first

We got blinded by the light ahead
Seeing contours and shadows instead
We forgot what we’re searching for
Slowly drifting to find a shore

Life, to live it rightfully
I say, we need to find a way
Time, might bring balance
Astray, it’s just another day

Life, to live it rightfully
I say, we need to find a way
Time, might bring balance
Astray, it’s just another day

(part II : Pavlovian Conditioning)

The world is spinning round, round and round
While we are all still stuck on the ground
The assembly lines are bringing us up
By slowly inflating the pup

You’re just another tool in the shed
They sharpen you until you are dead
We’re functioning therefore we are
Pathologizing all that’s bizarre
Track Name: Dancer In The Sky
Restless little soul
What's your song about
Your story's been untold
Let your dreams unfold

Life is pretty hard
You might easily get scarred
Well, you made it to the start
So go play your part

You are my angel
My guardian
My dancer in the sky
You'll be forever
Eternal
Until moment's gone with the wind
Like snowflakes on the ground

Can you hear this melody that's playing in my heart

Searching in yourself
You lost your faith in truth
You see there's only thoughts
Deceiving you

Clinging to the ground
Holding on real hard
You try to be ok
But who do you obey

You are my angel
My guardian
My dancer in the sky
You'll be forever
Eternal
Until moment's gone with the wind
Like snowflakes on the ground
Can you hear this melody that's playing in my heart

Accepting bad is good
Obsessing good is bad
The clouds roll on the sky
But here comes the sun
The clouds roll on the sky
But here comes the sun

You learn to lose your grip
Not seeing black and white
Balance on the line
No safety, no control

Stop waiting for a time
When problems will be solved
Your time here is right now
So deal with it

You are my angel
My guardian
My dancer in the sky
You'll be forever
Eternal
Until moment's gone with the wind
Like snowflakes on the ground
Can you hear this melody that's playing in my heart
Track Name: Falling
I am falling down to Earth
My heart is crying
I am no more standing tall
It feels like flying.

In this fall I find rebirth
My pride is dying
It’s my chance to lose it all
And stop trying

To fall in love to be a fool
And to dare to care
To become my own tool
Cut through the air

I am falling to the ground
From my high horse
I am losing in this round
But I’ve seen worse

In my fall I find my call
Now I believe how
Falling free in this free fall
Oh I can live now

Cut through the bullshit of my breed
An endless worry
Never praise for any price
To say you’re sorry

To hit my pride and let her bleed
My private story
Keep falling down and never rise
To grace and glory

To fall in love to be a fool
And to dare to care
To become my own tool
Cut through the air

I am falling to the ground
From my high horse
I am losing in this round
But I’ve seen worse

In my fall I find my call
Now I believe how
Falling free in this free fall
Oh I can live now

We’re waiting for the perfect storm
Preparing our defence
Singing “Om” - “Om”

We’re sitting underneath a tree
Observing our sense
Of the real, the concealed

Try falling down the rabbit hole - now
Open your eyes, let senses flow

We’ve battled our own daemons
And we’re learning as we fall
Going down - down

Gravity is keeping us
From escaping this world
Holding on - pulling down

Try waking up while in this fall - your free
A weightless call for infinity

I am falling to the ground
From my high horse
I am losing in this round
But I’ve seen worse

In my fall I find my call
Now I believe how
Falling free in this free fall
Oh I can live now
Track Name: Time To Go
Welcome to the other side
Where I can begin to see
Right into me
I feel like I've been here before
But I can't remember how
It ought to be

The feeling's sinking into me
remember my purpose in
this finite life
A stranger to myself I am
I can only start to see
the possibilities

Today, I'm new,
I shed my skin to grow
Someday, you'll see,
the threads you weave will flow

The future will play hide and seek
But now I guess it’s...

Time to go
I wave goodbye
to yesterday
Right here is now
I feel my heart
Will lead the way
To understanding

Time to go
I wave goodbye
to yesterday
Right here is now
I feel my heart
Will lead the way
To understanding

A new day has arrived today
I woke up with a
fresh beginning
Like the sunlight on a summer's day
illuminating
the horizon

My mind is free from its constraints
Separation
Invocation
I guess the story took a different turn
Opportunity
Oh I can see

Today, I'm new,
I shed my skin to grow
Someday, you'll see,
the threads you weave will flow

The future will play hide and seek
But now I guess it’s...

Time to go
I wave goodbye
to yesterday
Right here is now
I feel my heart
Will lead the way
To understanding
  
Time to go
I wave goodbye
to yesterday
Right here is now
I feel my heart
Will lead the way
To understanding

Time
Will heal us someday
But I don't know when
So please take the time 

Just wait
New beginnings will come
And endings will fade
The circle is made

Today, I'm new,
I shed my skin to grow
Someday, you'll see,
the threads you weave will flow

The future will play hide and seek
But now I guess it’s…

Time to go
I wave goodbye
to yesterday
Right here is now
I feel my heart
Will lead the way
To understanding
  
Time to go
I wave goodbye
to yesterday
Right here is now
I feel my heart
Will lead the way
To understanding
Track Name: Two Grains Of Sand
Here we are at the transit point
Two strangers crossing paths
Our eyes caught up in a gentle grace
Of curiosity

I wonder how life brought us here
Is it coincidence?
Two grains of sand in an hourglass
Is time standing still?

‘Cause tonight here we are
Two boats floating in the stream
And we sailed from afar
Into this dream

‘Cause love must flow free
Or it will drown the soul
So we jump in the sea
Surrender and lose control

Eternity on both sides of now
We're touching infinity
It makes me think how lucky we are
For this moment now
 
A little shake and we're moving again
Into the unknown
Two grains of sand in an hourglass
Is time running out?

‘Cause tonight here we are
Two boats floating in the stream
And we sailed from afar
Into this dream
‘Cause love must flow free
Or it will drown the soul
So we jump in the sea
Surrender and lose control

‘Cause I
I could go on searching
for that moment
but it´s gone
washed away
with the tide
long ago

‘Cause I
I can still hear
the whisper in my ear
as if we were there
weaved together
in the carpet of time
so we are one
in a loophole in time

‘Cause tonight here we are
Two boats floating in the stream
And we sailed from afar
Into this dream
‘Cause love must flow free
Or it will drown the soul
So we jump in the sea
Surrender and lose control
Track Name: The Time Is Always Now
Here and there and back again
I stroll through my reality
Looking for a way back home
The journey is exhausting me
I'm tired and I'm all fatigued
Come help me, come be with me

On my way I find new friends
The company is good to have
When I'm straying from the path
I know I will be getting there
Eventually is coming soon
So stay with me, hold on to me

Stuck in the “then”
I can’t get out
And back to now again
So is this the way we fall
In time we disappear
While the future’s here

Throw me a rope
Pull me out
And back to now again
So is this the way we haul
The time to reappear
Now the future’s here

So slow down
Don’t jump in there too fast
Balance on the wheel of life
The time is always now

I fight my way through darker times
No solace in this comfort game
Roaming through the fields of hope
I try my best to resist the urge
Go within to get me out
I feel stronger, i feel deeper

The journey will now be my home
We're nomads in the sands of time
A caravan of consciousness
Let’s move around - dimensionless
Existing as pure rays of light
Shining, radiate

Stuck in the “then”
I can’t get out
And back to now again
So is this the way we fall
In time we disappear
While the future’s here

Throw me a rope
Pull me out
And back to now again
So is this the way we haul
The time to reappear
Now the future’s here

So slow down
Don’t jump in there too fast
Balance on the wheel of life
The time is always now

Down below we found a hole
Where future comes to see us
Innocence was lost down there
Where darkness comes protruding

Down below we found a hole
Where future comes to see us
Innocence was lost down there
Where darkness comes protruding

Down below we found a hole
Where future comes to see us

The time is always now
The time is always now
The time is always now
The time is always now
The time is always now
The time is always now
The time is always now
The time is always now
The time is always now
The time is always now
The time...
Track Name: A Drop Of Me
Hear no sound
It’s quiet now
It’s calming down
We’re in a stasis now
Where time is no religion

Spin around
The axis of love
The selfless bestowed
Upon the higher ground
Where the underlying truth prevails

A drop of me
In the ocean
Of you
A solution

Possibility
Lies endlessly
Inside of us
Let's run free

Speak no more
It's redundant now
We're only one
Inside the whole of us
Where the truth is free for all

See no one
No me or you
Or yours or mine
We’re in a state of mind
Where the warriors of truth ascends

A drop of me
In the ocean
Of you
A solution

Possibility
Lies endlessly
Inside of us
Let's run free

I wanna lose my name
I wanna be the same
I wanna feel no shame
I wanna be the flame

I wanna lose my name
I wanna be the same
I wanna feel no shame
I wanna be the flame

I wanna lose my name
(And do you feel the force)
I wanna be the same
(That's holding us together)
I wanna feel no shame
(And do you feel the pull)
I wanna be the flame
(That's dragging us apart)

I wanna lose my name
(And do you feel the force)
I wanna be the same
(That's holding us together)
I wanna feel no shame
(And do you feel the pull)
I wanna be the flame
(That's dragging us apart)

A drop of me
(I wanna lose my name)
((And do you feel the force))
In the ocean
(I wanna be the same)
((That's holding us together))
Of you
(I wanna feel no shame)
((And do you feel the pull))
A solution
(I wanna be the flame)
((That's dragging us apart))

Possibility
(I wanna lose my name)
((And do you feel the force))
Lies endlessly
(I wanna be the same)
((That's holding us together))
Inside of us
(I wanna feel no shame)
((And do you feel the pull))
Let's run free
(I wanna be the flame)
((That's dragging us apart))

A drop of me
(I wanna lose my name)
((And do you feel the force))
In the ocean
(I wanna be the same)
((That's holding us together))
Of you
(I wanna feel no shame)
((And do you feel the pull))
A solution
(I wanna be the flame)
((That's dragging us apart))

Possibility
(I wanna lose my name)
((And do you feel the force))
Lies endlessly
(I wanna be the same)
((That's holding us together))
Inside of us
(I wanna feel no shame)
((And do you feel the pull))
Let's run free
(I wanna be the ...)
((That's dragging ...))