Exposé Online banner

Steve Roach — Fever Dreams III
(Timeroom Editions TM18, 2007, 2CD)

by Peter Thelen, Published 2008-01-01

Fever Dreams III Cover art

For the third in this series, Roach has served up a double dose. Like much of Roach’s material, the Fever Dreams series embraces soundworlds of a floating ambient nature, but with a somewhat busier and restless undercurrent, percussive and electronic elements, and more frequent directional changes in the shape of the sound. This as opposed to his more restful ambient drones, or patterned sequenced material. Here the composer uses analog and digital synths, samples, loops, electric guitar, lots of post-processing, and all sorts of mysterious percussion instruments to achieve these ends, with some guest drums from longtime collaborator Byron Metcalf on a couple pieces. Everyone who has been there knows that when you have a fever, or are loaded up on substances like caffeine, and try to sleep, you frequently have these crazy dreams that just make no sense at all, go on for (seemingly) hours mutating from one thing to the next, and offer little rest. In some ways the material Roach presents here (as well as on the two previous Fever Dreams) could be considered soundtracks to those dreams. The first disc has eight tracks, each of which blends smoothly into the next, but presents an entirely different conceptual idea therein, keeping the direction changing throughout. Disc two is one 73 minute piece “Melted Mantra,” seeming to be more of a collaborative piece with Metcalf, and presenting a more evolutionary experience across the disc’s playing time.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 35, 2007 releases

Related artist(s): Steve Roach, Byron Metcalf

Latest news

2018-06-05
Koenjihyakkei Seeks Funding for New Album – It's been quite a few years since the last new studio album by the amazing Koenjihyakkei. Now they are preparing Dhormimviskha for worldwide release, and they're asking fans to pre-order via a Kickstarter campaign to help it happen. » Read more

2018-05-14
Glenn Branca RIP – Experimental guitarist and composer Glenn Branca has died at the age of 69. He was known for compositions featuring large ensembles of guitars, and for the use of feedback. He founded his band Theoretical Girls in the mid-70s as an art-punk answer to what he saw as the increasing commercialization of punk music. His compositions were highly influential, with such figures as David Bowie, Thurston Moore, and John Lurie among his fans. » Read more

2018-04-05
OBEY Convention XI Set for May 24-28 in Halifax – As the 2018 festival season rapidly approaches, we’d like you to be aware of a real treasure of diverse and creative music that’s going to take place in Halifax, Nova Scotia, next month. The OBEY Convention is on its 11th outing, and features a wide range of artists from around the world. From avant-industrial noise to experimental takes on Classical Chinese music, from chamber jazz to doom metal, from ambient soundscapes to Canadian First Nations drumming, you’d be hard pressed to find a festival with more variety in sound anywhere in the world. » Read more

2018-04-04
Close to the Rain Festival in Bergen Announces Lineup – Now in its second year, the Close to the Rain Festival of progressive music is scheduled to take place in Bergen, Norway, on June 7 - 9. They've got an amazing slate of bands lined up, including such powerhouses as Anekdoten, Major Parkinson, Arabs in Aspic, Tusmørke, and many more. » Read more

2018-03-01
Seaprog 2018 Artist Announcements Raise Festival's Profile – Seattle's Seaprog festival has been going since 2013, and the 2018 edition features a slate of artists that's sure to bring more attention to the event. Cheer-Accident, Bubblemath, and Free Salamander Exhibit are in the first round announcement of performers. In keeping with their tradition of focusing on regional artists, they will also present a number of artists from Washington and Oregon. [Edit: Just added: Inner Ear Brigade] » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Ancient Future - Asian Fusion – Around 1980, Ancient Future released two excellent albums of acoustic world-music, the second of which (Natural Rhythms) remains a landmark of the genre, with its surreal eccentricity and sonic...  (1994) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues