by Jim Brenholts, Ambient Visions
I have been a diehard and unabashed Steve Roach fan for many years. I make no apologies for my bias nor do I find it necessary to do so. I eagerly await his new releases with high expectations.
My favorite CD of his has long been ON THIS PLANET. There are not enough superlatives to describe that album and its impact on me – both personally and professionally. I also love John Diliberto's review in which he states "(Steve) forgot to tell us which planet he meant."
CORE reflects back to that era in Timeroom history. Indeed, at times the heavy analog sequences of this CD take me back to the pre-digital days of NOW and TRAVELER.
Over the past several months, I have reviewed many excellent CD's that combine Berlin school sequences with atmospheric minimalism. Many of them are on the Groove Unlimited label. Leave it to Steve to achieve the quintessential hybrid. The sequences on CORE are not mere revisitations. Steve has put a new twist to them. They have a new and vibrant sound and remind me of the early e-music from 30 years ago. The atmospheres are dense and meaningful. Nothing comes out of The Timeroom without some mark from Steve's spirit and soul. This soundscape continues that tradition.
This epic release got right to the core issues and to causality. (I believe that the pun is intentional.) Steve is taking us with him on a journey to unite the new with the old. In the truest sense of the Shaman, Steve is seeking the holistic union of all facets of the being. Being a professional counselor, I know that process as integration. Taking the entire process as a whole, we are taking a journey to find, achieve, maintain and share holistic integration.
In the past, I have also suggested that Steve has been writing a modern electronic symphony and inserting pieces of it into all of his work. CORE is the culmination of that journey. The journey and the symphony are metaphors for the spiritual and emotional adventure.
This landmark CD arrived at the perfect time for me. I needed – and received – some valuable holistic healing from this CD. This is truly an integral part of my "big picture" and my bio-rhythmic integration!