New Life Dreaming
by Phil Derby, Electroambient Space
October 2005


NEW LIFE DREAMING is a wonderfully accessible journey into deep space. The deep reverberations of "Perfect Dream" get us started, slowly breathing in and out for a nearly 16 minute journey of bliss. Steve was inspired by the drifting sounds of DREAMTIME RETURN as he remastered it, and as evidenced by the same silky flowing quality here. "Where I Live" continues the pure floating into the outer realms, pillow soft and feather light. "The Ancients' Way" is next, meandering through the mist. Soft tribal beats are added in the midsection, again reminiscent of DREAMTIME RETURN, with hints of WELL OF SOULS or perhaps MYSTIC CHORDS & SACRED SPACES in tone and feel. For me the pinnacle is track four, "Deep Sky Time," quite possibly the best piece of pure space music I have ever heard. It explores a place so dreamy, so luxurious, and so warm that you may never want to return. Ethereal tones abound throughout, finishing with a flourish as the soft voice of Jennifer Grais adorns "In the Eye of Noche." Whereas she added an ethnic touch to HOLDING THE SPACE: FEVER DREAMS II, here she adds an extra dash of faraway reverie to bring NEW LIFE DREAMING to an ethereal conclusion. This disc has been on almost constant rotation at Electroambient Space since receiving it; an instant classic.


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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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