You know Brian Mulder. You may have never met him, but you know Brian Mulder. That’s how archetypes work, our recurrent symbols of personification. He is the pilgrim. The wanderer. The minstrel. The bard. A recurrent symbol of journey.
Fresh out of quitting his prior life, Brian reflects—quietly, introspectively. History holds heaviness, and his contains a decade of community youth work, a Michigan upbringing, a Canadian origin. He traded this in for the unknown, now living in Holland, Michigan as a self-employed craftsman, using barbering, teaching, and woodworking to survive. His secret contemplative life has moved to the forefront—to meditation, movement, and music.
Holotropic encapsulates these changes, the sound a little more experimental than Brian’s past work, taking influence from 80’s pop sounds, from electronica, and such artists as Bear’s Den, MUTEMATH, Sleeping at Last, Penny and Sparrow, and William Fitzsimmons. Having a listen, you’ll notice elements of synth pop, chill-step electronica, Americana, funk, and folk. You’ll hear live and programmed drums, electric and acoustic guitars, bass, cello, violin, sitar, banjo, trombone, piano, and horn and string sections. What you’ll feel is community—at the heart of all Brian’s music is community and you’ll see this in the long list of people he invites on the odyssey, his closest friendships rooted in collaboration.
Brian Mulder could be your brother. Your best friend. Your muse. Your anchor. But he is this, now—always in the present. You know him, even if you don’t. So let his music be a soundtrack to your movement toward wholeness, to your past and future transitions. To all the calm that takes place in between.
-Tyler Dunning, author and former pro wrestler