by John Shanahan, Hypnagogue
I will confess to have something of a predilection for the Immersion series. IMMERSION: ONE looped for nine straight hours during my daughter's birth and was the perfect accompaniment to the event, bringing palpable quiet and ease in the wake of labor pains and providing a soft, breathy aural cushion for the little girl's arrival. And so I expected quite a bit from its followup. No need to worry. IMMERSION: TWO takes the deep-drift mantle laid down by its predecessor and moves the form and the series forward. The sole long-form piece, the aptly titled "Artifact Ghost", moves through its 73 minutes like a half-glimpsed parade of wandering spirits or the etherea of fading dreams that float around us in half-waking moments. The music affects the space around the listener sonically and temporally; time slows almost to the point of stopping and moments are lost, given over to the flow and the warmth of Roach's textures. The air shifts and calms in its wake, and perception changes. An awareness of spirit rises as the listener is lulled ever downward into the self in a sort of coaxed meditation. Given the continuous play called for on the CD's inside cover, IMMERSION: TWO stands a fair chance of inducing an out-of-body experience as the listener gives in to the urge to follow Roach's sonic ghosts as they glide and dance.
Both editions of the Immersion series are Hypnagogue Gotta-Get CD's.