Quiet Music: 2-CD Edition
by Darren Bergstein, Muze
The notion of 'ambient' music might have been originally developed and made flesh by Brian Eno, but history has born out the fact that his statements are hardly the last word. This classic entry from the Roach canon finds him adapting the vocabulary of both the minimalists and Mr. Eno, processing it through his own refined sensibilities, and creating perhaps the definitive ambient statement. Tracks such as the achingly beautiful "Something in Tears" and the half-hour plus "Air and Light" manage to mesmerize the spirit and engage the emotions with a virtual paucity of tones... but what a rich tapestry of tones they are. A mature and subtle work of electronics, these austere soundscapes in many ways eclipse Roach's denser rhythmic workouts. Now available in a two-disc set, comprising pieces only previously released on cassette, the lustrous spaces and gorgeous pastoral climes of QUIET MUSIC can be relished in their complete glory. A true sonic tonic for the soul.