by Jason Bratcher
Sept. 16, 2002
Outside environment seems to be the key to really experience Steve's work. The first time that I slipped LIVE ARCHIVE into the CD player in my truck I was travelling through the mountains of Northern New Mexico. The experience was such that rather than driving on the winding roads and through the passes, I felt as though I was flying through the winding passes. LIVE ARCHIVE is a bright album. It was meant for the day. This live album combines the aspects of CAVERN OF SIRENS, the Amplexus release of THE DREAMER DESCENDS as well as aspects of the first release of THE LOST PIECES. What a combination of tracks, and to add the works of Vidna Obmana is a wonderful addition to the soundworld. Since this is a live album I can assume that there was probably no real set plan on how the music was to unfold. I would compare a live concert by Steve, which I have not been to yet, as how a flower comes to be: it grows from the root, stems outward and then blossoms and releases elements from which all can draw forth from and enjoy in thier own way. The flower then reverts back to the root and lingers quietly, until it repeats the process again. So in effect, there is a plan, a working from which to start from, but what it does from there is up to the flower. I don't think that I could describe any clearer the workings of LIVE ARCHIVE and the two artists who combine thier art to create inspiring works such as this.