Early Man
by Kiran Aditham, Ink 19
April 2001


As the appropriately titled "Early Dawn" opens its cavernous wall of sound, with nary a beat or easily traceable melody in sight, I knew Steve Roach was serious about this desolate theme of early civilization. The patterns of serene keys soon fade in like hesitant apparitions, with the rhythms subtle and fluctuating on the 25-minute title track. Spread over two discs and nearly 150 minutes, EARLY MAN is as epic as it is mysterious, as eerie as it is tranquil.

Dark-ambient structures are the laid foundations, in the vein of Lustmord, but plenty more conceptual. The jittering, icy mechanics that culminate then dissipate towards the end of the first disc segue into mind-numbing and spacey audio excavation on the second. We've sunk further into the abyss of our ancestry, with vibrating chimes and cascading wails of tonality by the time we've discovered "Fossil And Fern." Roach has compiled layered, yet unassuming intricacy on both discs of EARLY MAN. Yes, it does take much patience to sit through, and I would only recommend it when you're waxing philosophical or drifting off in a dreamscape. But the end result can be quite rewarding, and a moody, grandiose audible history of mankind as well.


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2001 Projekt PRO111 (CD)
Reviewed by Jim Brenholts, All Music Guide, Alternative Press, AmbiEntrance, CD Services (UK), Incursion, Ink 19, Ink 19, Muze, Outburn, Sonic Curiosity, Star's End, StarVox, The Raging Consciousness Desk, Tower Pulse!

Best described as primeval innerspace deep ambient. EARLY MAN brings into form an ancient landscape of bubbling pools and steamy marshlands, verdant arroyos and monolithic rock formations. Cave paintings and ancient memories come to life in a slow soul-dance of evolutionary magic. The accolades from press and listeners alike tell that EARLY MAN belongs to Roach's classic body of work which includes DREAMTIME RETURN, ORIGINS, THE MAGNIFICENT VOID and last year's quietly successful MIDNIGHT MOON.
 
Disc 1: Early Man
1. Early DawnMP311:58 
2. Early ManMP325:28 
3. Begins Looking SkywardMP36:20 
4. Walking UprightMP36:49 
5. Hunting & GatheringMP312:33 
6. Flow StoneMP35:42 
Disc 2: Early Man Decomposed
1. Slow DissolveMP36:33 
2. Walking Upright IIMP38:49 
3. Fossil and FernMP39:49 
4. MastodonMP34:58 
5. ElementalMP311:33 
6. Late DawnMP310:39 
7. TimelineMP35:38 
8. CarbondateMP37:56 
9. Below AlwaysMP34:30 


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Early Man
Steve Roach
2000 Manifold (CD)
 
1. Early DawnMP311:58 
2. Early ManMP325:28 
3. Begins Looking SkywardMP36:20 
4. Walking UprightMP36:49 
5. Hunting & GatheringMP312:33 
6. Flow StoneMP35:42 

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