Early Man
by Stacy Meyn, Outburn
May 2001


Ambient conductor Steve Roach takes another backwards gander at his EARLY MAN recording by releasing a double CD edition. A trilobite and sunburst over ancient rock strata grace the cover, as the discs themselves reflect the fossilized remains and optimistic sunburst. Disc one (the "original" EARLY MAN) shares six different rhythm zones that comprise "a day in the life" of an ancient hominiod. Roach states, "This soundtrack was created for my most distant ancestor. The image of one lone, wandering early man reoccurred throughout the creation of the music." "Early Dawn," "Begins Looking Skyward," "Walking Upright," and "Hunting & Gathering" each indicate the steady progress of our common predecessor. This portion was first available in 2000 as a collector's edition in a handmade slate package. In this handsome dual presentation, disc two delves into the larger aspects of time and memory in the nearly seventy-one minute "Early Man Decomposed." New audio thrills including Roach's signature drones take a deeper look into man's (and woman's) past. "Walking Upright II," "Mastodon," and "Late Dawn" expound upon the things that kept early humans occupied. We, later versions, will be fascinated by "Timeline" and "Carbondate." Next time you contemplate your existence, consider EARLY MAN as your soundtrack.



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Early Man
Steve Roach
2001 Projekt PRO111 (CD)
Reviewed by Jim Brenholts, All Music Guide, Alternative Press, AmbiEntrance, CD Services (UK), Incursion, Ink 19, Ink 19, Muze, Outburn, Sonic Curiosity, Star's End, StarVox, The Raging Consciousness Desk, Tower Pulse!

Best described as primeval innerspace deep ambient. EARLY MAN brings into form an ancient landscape of bubbling pools and steamy marshlands, verdant arroyos and monolithic rock formations. Cave paintings and ancient memories come to life in a slow soul-dance of evolutionary magic. The accolades from press and listeners alike tell that EARLY MAN belongs to Roach's classic body of work which includes DREAMTIME RETURN, ORIGINS, THE MAGNIFICENT VOID and last year's quietly successful MIDNIGHT MOON.
 
Disc 1: Early Man
1. Early DawnMP311:58 
2. Early ManMP325:28 
3. Begins Looking SkywardMP36:20 
4. Walking UprightMP36:49 
5. Hunting & GatheringMP312:33 
6. Flow StoneMP35:42 
Disc 2: Early Man Decomposed
1. Slow DissolveMP36:33 
2. Walking Upright IIMP38:49 
3. Fossil and FernMP39:49 
4. MastodonMP34:58 
5. ElementalMP311:33 
6. Late DawnMP310:39 
7. TimelineMP35:38 
8. CarbondateMP37:56 
9. Below AlwaysMP34:30 


Early Man


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Ltd. Edition CD $100.00
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Early Man
Steve Roach
2000 Manifold (CD)
 
1. Early DawnMP311:58 
2. Early ManMP325:28 
3. Begins Looking SkywardMP36:20 
4. Walking UprightMP36:49 
5. Hunting & GatheringMP312:33 
6. Flow StoneMP35:42 

limited edition, packaged between two slabs of real slate


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