by Phil Derby, Electroambient Space
THE DREAM CIRCLE. SLOW HEAT. DARKEST BEFORE DAWN. These are a few examples of Steve Roach excelling at taking a seemingly simple musical phrase or sound, and spending the next 70-plus minutes exploring every possible nuance and variant of it. IMMERSION: ONE is the latest in a line of distinguished long-form ambient works from Steve, and like those that have gone before it will completely envelope you in its subtle shifting sonic sensory stimulation. No rhythm, no melody, just floating ethereal layers, rolling gently over each other as approaching fog, the misty layers coming in varying shades of grey -- or perhaps green, as suggested by Hollan Holmes' beautiful cover art. The end result is a soothing wall of soft sound that thoroughly relaxes and satisfies. Immersion indeed.