New Life Dreaming
by Frank MacEowen, Sacred Markings Blog
August 2005


In a word, folks, stunning!

On the disc NEW LIFE DREAMING we encounter five tracks that compel the psycho-naut (explorer of consciousness) onto an aural adventure.

As we step into "Perfect Dream" it is as if some ancient vista is presented to us, from a time when humans were still humble; when the new light of day and the sheer power of impending storms were the gods. As we are taken, sonically, into the talons of this piece the vista unfolds into what can only be called rest and freedom.

As we wake from the respite of "Perfect Dream" we find ourselves in the lap of a deep forest, or perhaps resting in the shadow of a pine-clad mesa. All journeys need a good guide. Here, it is the Bird Tribes, who invite us to call forth our memories of flight.

Our expansive flight carries us to a threshold place in "The Ancient's Way." Forget who you are here. Here, the energy is about molting, about gestation, about being re-formed, indeed, re-made into the image of yourself before you knew constraint. Forces gather on the horizon. They gather on our behalf.

These forces carry us into "Deep Sky Time." Here we learn... there are cathedrals beyond the sky of sight.

"In the Eye of Noche," the final track on NEW LIFE DREAMING, tenderly and evocatively, the heart is cracked open revealing the heart within the heart. Bittersweet strands of memory converge with a strange and overwhelming sense of peace, hope, and resolve. This is how we arrive to dream our life again.


New Life Dreaming

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New Life Dreaming
Steve Roach
2005 Timeroom Editions 15 (CD)
Reviewed by Electroambient Space, e|i magazine, Morpheus Music, Sacred Markings Blog, Sonic Curiosity

After being out-of-print for nearly a year, this 300-copy legacy pressing is now available. Click the "magnify" link at left to see the new packaging. Also available from Bandcamp, name your price through mid-December!

From the first chord of "Perfect Dream" to the final fade of "In the Eye Of Noche", NEW LIFE DREAMING presents an unbroken feeling of connection to essential meditations found on STRUCTURES FROM SILENCE, QUIET MUSIC and DREAMTIME RETURN. All of these pieces were created during late 2004 and 2005. The process of remastering DREAMTIME RETURN helped open the door into that timeless place found in Steve's most appreciated works. NEW LIFE DREAMING represents an essential chapter in the book of quiet, nourishing and graceful sound paintings.

"The desire to tap into the soundcurrent from which the Dreamtime music was drawn just seemed inevitable after the remastering process started in December of last year. It's a living, breathing, space for me which has continued to flow down deep over the years. As I re-opened the door to this dreamtime space, the creative urges and subtle cues to follow the trail deeper was immediately reinforced by several new pieces which feel directly connected to this indescribable quality. These new pieces just flowed out. There was no big agenda, concept or sense of obligation to make them feel like they belonged on the DREAMTIME RETURN discs. All the pieces came from a calm space, just letting things breathe and not being in any hurry to go anywhere. Now that they are complete, I feel the pieces speak of the subtle blooms that occur in the heart and mind when you slow it all down."
 
1. Perfect DreamMP315:42 
2. Where I LiveMP314:42 
3. The Ancients' WayMP315:08 
4. Deep Sky TimeMP39:13 
5. In the Eye of NocheMP314:36 

Also available as part of THE DREAMTIME BOX.



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