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

by Peter Thelen, Published 2006-05-01

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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

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