Streams & Currents
by David J Opdyke, AmbiEntrance
February 10, 2002


From Steve Roach's STREAMS & CURRENTS expect both the fluidity and electricity evoked by its title. As in 2000's MIDNIGHT MOON, the airwaves thrum with radiant guitar-sourced drones, rendered in Roach's own improvisational mode of spontaneous play.

The skywardly ranging tracks were created "in the deep hours of night", without overdubs or post-processing, as evidenced by the live loops of present moment which swirl at various heights, shimmery skeins sparkling against deeper rumblings. Muffled drumbeats shuffle-step beneath the metallic gauze which opens spirit moves (28:18); the rhythm soon vanishes leaving the air filled with tonal puffs and gusts while warm rivulets ooze below.

Similarly abstract evolutions occur in following 15- and 14-minute-long pieces, slow rising and almost touching, the latter seeming especially ephemeral though more overcast. The disc closes on a pair of shorter tracks, the quietly roiling fogbank of ebb and its partner in vague beauty, flow (4:00).

Steve Roach releases something remarkably akin to (yet different from) his renowned audiovisions of wide-open western spaces, reaching those sprawled-out vistas via another mode of transportation. You can float for miles and miles on streams and currents of guitarsound with nary a riff or power chord to be heard... only the deceptively simple billowings of six-string-borne gaseousness. I'm moved...


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Streams & Currents
Steve Roach
2001 Projekt PRO128 (CD)
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STREAMS & CURRENTS creates a sanctuary that is rarely found in today's music. The perfect atmosphere for contemplation and dreaming with eyes open.is imbued with an ephemeral quality that seems to linger at the edge of conscious perception, creating an introspective, enveloping flow of mood-altering pieces. The album progresses into deeper, darker, warmer, and quieter zones, towards a beautiful submerged ending. The mercurial ebb and flow found within STREAMS & CURRENTS creates a sanctuary that is rarely found in today's music. The perfect atmosphere for contemplation and dreaming with eyes open.
 
1. Present MomentMP37:52 
2. Spirit MovesMP328:37 
3. Slow RisingMP314:38 
4. Almost TouchingMP313:56 
5. EbbMP34:52 
6. FlowMP34:00 



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