« on: August 05, 2014, 02:52:45 PM »
As much as one part of me enjoys the minimalism and focus of these pieces and other newer Steve Roach releases (like 'Spiral Meditations'), I do miss the days where individual tracks would have more distinct developments and contrasting sections within them. I remember often loving the majestic gear shifts throughout some tracks on The Magnificent Void, Mystic Chords and Sacred Spaces, that album The Dream Circle, the Vir Unis and Vidna Obmana collaborations, and many others. But this isn't specific to Steve's output; I've noticed that a number of ambient artists I like tend to focus on one main 'idea' per track these days, whereas their past works often had more surprises and definite shifts within individual tracks.
I agree, well put. And it's not just about what happens in individual tracks. I also think there used to be more coherence between different tracks. The tracks on Magnificent Void and MC&SS give a bit of a sense of different movements, contrasting yet connected to each other. Certain tracks may feel like a brief interlude between two bigger ones, another track feels like a prelude to the next one etc. A good example would be the last three tracks on MC&SS disc 3. I feel a strong sense of direction there. That must be among his very finest moments, btw.
This connection between tracks is what I also miss in more recent releases.