« on: October 20, 2012, 09:58:56 AM »
Steve Roach "Day Out Of Time" CD/DVD
Firstly published as two separate releases, "Time Of The Earth" DVD in 2001 on Projekt and "Day Out Of Time" CD in 2002 on Timeroom Editions. Now this deluxe CD/DVD edition, repackaged for its 10th anniversary and released on Projekt during June 2012, brings together for the first time two masterworks, deep sonic explorations of the desert Southwest by Steve Roach and Steve Lazur's unique visual odyssey through remote and immense panoramas of these spectacular territories. "Day Out Of Time" is comprised of tracks from various albums and compilation appearances, all deeply influenced by some of the most enigmatic wonders created by the Mother Nature. The first impression of this CD/DVD edition with 4-panel double disc eco wallet with 8-panel fold out insert is absolutely breathtaking thanks to the stunning cover image by Jim Stimson and beautiful cover concept by Steve Roach and design by Sam Rosenthal. Definitely an "all-inclusive" package that immediately strikes with utterly immersing soundscapes of the opening piece "Underground Clouds" (edit taken from "Atmospheric Conditions" album), masterfully melting slightly dramatic, but deeply organic ambience with few tribal groove fragments. Next two tracks, "Begins Looking Skyward" and "Walking Upright" (edit), are from "Early Man", one of my all-time fave works by Steve. Prehistoric tonalities are joined by subtle, slowed-down tribal pulses. Incredibly transporting experience awaking all ancient mysteries and presenting Steve Roach at his most cavernous!!! "This Life" (edit from "Floatation" compilation), scuplted with deep drones and tribal vapors, unfolds all secrets of fascinating subterranean domains. Another brilliant performance!!! Edit "The Dreamer Descends" is selected from the famous Amplexus three inch CD editions and cascades through various terrains, blending magnificently evocative soundscapes with slower tribal drumming, flute magics and other native instruments. Sonic adventure at its most magical!!! Shorter edit, "True West" (again from "The Dreamer Descends"), shifts quickly into heavier tribal terrains and precisely captures the magic of these beautiful landscapes. Edit "The Holy Dirt" brings back all memories of exciting collaborations with unforgettable Jorge Reyes, when melting desert ambience with distant gentle percussions and shamanistic chants. A truly intoxicating journey, the epigraph "The Music Is The Medicine" from "Vine ~ Bark & Spore" lives forever just like Jorge's aura!!! With "Merciful Eyes", originally released on "A Storm Of Drones" mega 3CD compilation, Steve offers here his heavy drone escapade, attractively enriched by few eerie dissonances, before smoothly entering into expansive cinematic realms supported by primordial tinkles. The next composition, "Two Rivers Dreaming" (edit from "Atmospheric Conditions"), remains within deeper, dronescaping terrains with organic rumblings, while the following one, "The Eternal Expanse", is a shorter version of the graciously floating piece from "The Ambient Expanse", a five-movement collaborative work. This is definitely one of the most tranquil pieces I have ever heard by Steve Roach, serenely drifting into immense realms of pure sonic bliss!!! A composition filled with eternal beauty and exquisite monumentality!!! It holds the signature that is only The Master!!! And these vaporously sweeping cloudscapes overlap also to the grand finale that is provided by "The Return", a piece with softly floating and cascading massive washes, which are precisely alternated with moments of silence. No wonder, "The Return" was the closing composition also on "Dreamtime Return" 2CD, a recording that has redesigned the history of ambient music. The selection of all tracks is just amazing, maybe I could imagine on this CD also some track from "Dust To Dust" album, another unique westward milestone, even if it might be rather more rawer and less compact with the rest of selected desertscaping compositions. Perhaps "First Sunrise" or "Lost And Forgotten"? But this is not a weak point, not at all!!!
The visual part of this edition, "Time Of The Earth", features 77 minutes of deeply immersing and mesmerizing images by Steve Lazur, constructed of time lapse, slow-motion and real time techniques, counting three years of filming some of the most spectacular gifts of the nature. All magnificently melted with Steve Roach's sonic mastery and exploring all ancient mysteries of these utterly amazing territories. Now you can even compare your own imagination, when journeying with Steve Roach's music, with the footage filmed by the amazing eye of Steve Lazur. How does look your nature's palette? Besides "Time Of The Earth" you can find on the DVD, as optional audio track 2, the long form piece "The Dream Circle", sculpted with warmly breathing organic soundscapes. It was originally released in 1994 and reissued in 1999.
Both, Steve Roach and Steve Lazur, have captured the remarkable natural beauty of the incredible rock sculptures, desert vastness and cloud formations with all their mastery, this anniversary edition is simply a must have!!! And no matter if you own the original separate editions. Everyone involved in this project did a really fantastic work, thanks a lot, including Roger King for mastering and Linda Kohanov for liner notes!!!
Richard Gürtler (Oct 20, 2012, Bratislava, Slovakia)