By the way, does anyone have Seven Veils? What are your thoughts on this one?
I really liked Seven Veils
, although I don't think I've listened to it in over a decade. It was a bit more rhythmic and traditional than most of the stuff I like, but something about the production was so beautiful and crisp that it was hard to not get lost in it.
Regarding Roach, inspiration, and change: I go through phases in terms of what I find exciting and what strikes me as uninspired. I assume artists do too. Sometimes I'm "in phase" with certain artists and sometimes I'm not.
The great thing about really talented artists like Roach is that the quality is almost always there regardless of whether the album moves you at the specific moment of its release. I recall not caring much for Blood Machine
, Light Fantastic
, and some of the other atmo+pulse albums when they originally came out. But, years later, they really started to resonate with me. I still don't dig the highly percussive stuff, but can see how others might like it.
Another Roach-bonus is that, although he still continues to experiment and explore new sounds, he returns to his roots often enough that I never feel alienated by his work. Some artists evolve and, although you publicly respect them for doing so, you can't help but pine for the kinds of sounds that caused you to fall in love with them in the first place. Roach (and Robert Rich) manages to maintain some continuity while also changing. The trick, I think, is that they are willing to explore new sounds and identities without dismissing their origins. Other artists sometimes behave as if the only way forward is to break from the past.