New Life Dreaming
by Phil Derby, Electroambient Space
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.