Exposé Online banner

Steve Roach — New Life Dreaming
(Timeroom Editions TM15, 2005, CD)

by Peter Thelen, Published 2006-05-01

New Life Dreaming Cover art

This is one of the “new” discs in the four-disc Dreamtime box set, that also includes Possible Planet and the remastered Dreamtime Return (all reviewed elsewhere in this issue). New Life Dreaming features five expansive drone pieces, extended length textural developments that slowly evolve as they grow and change, looping and breathing while slowly enveloping the listener ever deeper into subconscious states. Within the haunting, shimmering dreamlike sequences that bask the listener in a gentle and warm blanket of sound, echoey voices fill the background, drifting in and out of phase like a morphing multicolored morning fog over a lysergic desert landscape. The effect is almost paralyzing; each piece takes you deeper until one arrives at a safe and still point where there is no thought, only experience. This is easily Roach’s finest floating ambient work in recent memory, and a match to the subtle and magical All Is Now live set from 2002. Honestly, if one is still fully awake after listening to listening to this, then you must be going way too heavy on the caffeine – or else maybe you happen to be writing a review of it. A perfect soundtrack for the sleep chamber.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 33, 2005 releases

Related artist(s): Steve Roach

Latest news

2020-12-09
Harold Budd RIP – Harold Budd, one of pre-eminent American composers of avant-garde and minimalism, has died of complications from the coronavirus. Budd came to prominence in the 70s, championed by Brian Eno on his Obscure Records label, with music that blended academic minimalism with electric jazz and electronic music. Much of Budd's best known work was done in collaboration with other artists, including Eno, Daniel Lanois, Robin Guthrie, Andy Partridge, John Foxx, Jah Wobble, and many others. » Read more

2020-11-20
25 Views of Worthing Finally Gets Released – A while ago, we wrote about the discovery of a "long lost" Canterbury-style gem by a band called 25 Views of Worthing. And now we're pleased to find out that Wind Waker Records has released their music on an LP. » Read more

2020-10-14
Audion Is Back in Business – Our esteemed colleague Alan Freeman has restarted Audion Magazine after a seven year hiatus. The new incarnation is available online on their Bandcamp site. Audion's history goes back to 1984, and included 58 issues up to 2013. Issue #59 is available now, and #60 is in the works. » Read more

2020-10-06
Romantic Warriors IV – Krautrock (Part 2) Is in the Works – Zeitgeist Media, the people who have brought us the great series of documentary films chronicling the history of progressive rock, are working on the second installment of their examination of German music. Krautrock 2 will focus on artists from Münich such as Guru Guru, Amon Düül II, Xhol Caravan, Kraan, Witthüser & Westrupp, and Popol Vuh. » Read more

2020-09-09
Simeon Coxe RIP – Simeon Coxe, best known for his experimental electronics in the band Silver Apples, has died at the age of 82. The band's 1968 debut album set the stage for both German electronic music and experimental punk music a decade later. Coxe died on September 8 from pulmonary fibrosis. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Tsunami - Anthem of the Great Wave – Tsunami are a Dutch five piece of guitar, keys, bass and drums and a very obnoxious lead vocalist who doubles on guitar. This guy is your typical quasi-emotional overbearing neo-clone nasal-whining...  (1994) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues