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Steve Roach & Vidna Obmana — Well of Souls
(Projekt 60, 1995, CD)

by Mike McLatchey, Published 1996-03-01

Well of Souls Cover artI'm an unabashed admirer of practically everything Steve Roach does nowadays as his ambient voyages are amazingly evocative and year after year he continues to produce great music. This collaboration with Belgian ambient musician "Vidna Obmana" (Dirk Serries) is no exception, a double CD set of very deep and mysterious sound paintings of the highest kind. As with collaborations with Solitaire or even Vidna Obmana's last solo album The Spiritual Bonding, Roach dwarfs his partners musically and although I'm not familiar with Obmana's earlier work, there is little to differentiate this from a Steve Roach solo CD in the vein of Artifacts or the limited edition Dream Circle. In my opinion that’s definitely not a bad thing, Roach's pool of ideas still seems bottomless, even after a score or more of great albums, and even though the music is ambient, subtle and slowly evolving, he still knows how to make each new album have it's own distinctive feel. This album has a slightly darker feel than usual, very mysterious and esoteric. To describe further would be to drown in superlatives. Suffice it to say it's another classic and highly recommended.

Filed under: New releases, Issue 9, 1995 releases

Related artist(s): Steve Roach, Dirk Serries / Vidna Obmana / Fear Falls Burning

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