Day Out of Time
by Phil Derby, Electroambient Space
Steve Roach wasn't just busy doing music in 2002. Somehow, in the midst of touring and releasing several albums, he also found time to release a DVD, TIME OF THE EARTH. Steve perfectly edited and blended eleven previously released tracks (though some are only available on hard-to-find compilations) to fit a magnificent nature film by Steve Lazur, featuring remote natural wonders from the American West. The complete soundtrack to the DVD is featured on DAY OUT OF TIME, and even if you have all the source material and the DVD itself, it's well worth considering this as yet another essential Steve Roach purchase. If you have the DVD, but want to zone out to your portable CD player or in your car, it's nice to have the music here at your fingertips. And if you already own most or all of the individual tracks, they take on new life here in the unique way they are seamlessly spliced together in carefully selected snippets of the original works. Tracks are featured from relatively recent efforts such as EARLY MAN, ATMOSPHERIC CONDITIONS, and VINE ~ BARK & SPORE, but some also date further back, to A STORM OF DRONES ("Merciful Eyes") and even his classic DREAMTIME RETURN from the 1980s, which makes a fitting finish to the disc. Perhaps the most sought-after piece will be "This Life," which is featured on a compilation I've heard of but not seen, the compilation FLOATATION on Interchill Records. Short and sweet, this is definitely Steve Roach, but just different enough to perk the ears up a bit. A softly meandering bass line and some almost modern techno elements drifting in the background make this a singular Roach listening experience. Part tribal, part haunting drifts, all vintage Steve Roach in a creatively rearranged format, DAY OUT OF TIME is a winner.