The Serpent's Lair
by Andy Waggoner, Interface
#14


The second CD release from Steve Roach's own Timeroom Editions, SLOW HEAT is a remarkable experience. So few musicians ever truly deserve the title "artist" and Roach is definitely one of them. His work is insightful and exploratory, two characteristics that I feel separate art from product. While it would be easy to simply label the music here ambient, reflect on its subtle and beautiful nature, and recommend that you order it, more needs to be said about this piece of work from a truly great sound and music sculptor.

SLOW HEAT is an exploration into the desert that surrounds Roach's home in Arizona; from the interaction of the sounds that Roach produces electronically with the sounds that the desert produces instinctively, to the aural interpretations of the heat that the sdesert radiates and the effect it has on its inhabitants. For the entire CD, which is a single track designed to be played on repeat at low levels (although I found at high volumes it had a rather intense effect as well), Roach uses sweeps, washes, and reverbs, along with the sound of the desert night, to reveal and explore the soul of the desert. As fitting a soundtrack to a mental journey as you will find.



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The Serpent's Lair
Steve Roach, Byron Metcalf
2000 Projekt PRO107 (CD)
Reviewed by amazon.com, AmbientVisions, Interface, Muze, NAPRA Review, Sonic Curiosity, The Raging Consciousness Desk

Beginning as a collaboration between Steve Roach and Byron Metcalf, the music on THE SERPENT'S LAIR evolved over the past year into an epic 2-CD set, augmented with a myriad of guests. This release has it all: Steve's ultra-soundworlds, hybrid grooves and magical production, combined with Byron's acoustic-organic tribal trance patterns. Aligning with themes of shamanic initiation found throughout the world, the music is rooted in the organic... the earth... the ancestors... It is here that one is confronted with all the essential elements of danger and possibility.
 
Disc 1: The Serpent's Lair
1. The Lair 12:14 
2. Rite of Passage 14:09 
3. Shedding the Skin 5:39 
4. Big Medicine 12:53 
5. Future TribeMP38:30 
6. Birthright 5:59 
7. Osmosis 4:04 
8. Egg Chamber Dreaming 8:53 
Disc 2: Offerings From the Underworld
1. Offering in Waves 10:55 
2. Impending Sense of Calm 9:03 
3. Cave Dwellers 23:08 
4. Primal Passage 4:47 
5. Serpent Clan 5:02 
6. Beating Heart of the Dragon Mother 6:50 
7. Ochua 9:26 



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