by Glenn Hammett & Steve Taylor, The Raging Consciousness Desk
The master of deep ambient returns with the year's classiest CD of late night / early morning excursions in the realm of electrons. This seventy-one minute track intended for indefinite play, was inspired by the heat transfer cycle. Of course one needs two CDs to pull it off effectively, otherwise there'll be an undesirable lull just like the one on the 8-track version of "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida". Somewhat different than Muslimgauze, Roach's style is one of subtlety, restraint and tide-like flux. Extended shifting drones waft into infinity, clearing the air for a reflective mood of immersion. Among insect-sound accents, the composition increases in intensity with textural/tonal rushes of uncommon sonority. Not surprising, since Roach always has the latest electronics as well as one of the most impressive studio systems (his Audio Research / Pro-Ac / Straight Wire ain't bad). All this adds up, and worth every penny when you play one of his Timeroom productions. Earth-shattering bass, depth through the back wall (and on out to your neighbors kitchen), and totally out of the box, it's the kind of ear candy that makes the artistry that much more satisfying, not to mention fun to listen to.