by Rik Maclean, Ping Things
The second of two new Timeroom Editions from Steve Roach, TEXTURE MAPS is a collection of previously unreleased ambient pieces taken from various points in Roach's career, work built around the ideas of oblique motion and the slow drift of shapes.
Beginning with "Gray and Purple", Roach creates an environment of organic soundscapes, rising and falling, passing through states of consciousness and inspiring dreams. Wonderful.
"Artifact Ghost" suggest subterranean travels, a haunted journey through inner space. "Spiral Triptych" brings together three separate compositions into one long form piece. Roach melts each part into the others creating an elegant, almost conceptual whole. I like this/these one/s a lot.
The disc closes with "Soul Light", a recent composition recorded shortly after his recent MYSTIC CHORDS & SACRED SPACES box set.
As a whole, TEXTURE MAPS is a fantastic journey through space suggesting the birth and death of stars, the dawn and dusk of life, and a thousand other secrets that have yet to be shared. A fantastic work of space music sure to appeal to all fans of the genre.