by Matt Howarth, Sonic Curiosity
This release from 2006 offers 73 minutes of pure ambience.
Representing the extreme opposite of Roach's other recent CD's, this release offers a solid dose of ambience in its purest form. Tonalities unfurl with unflinching lassitude, unmarked by discernible variance. An atmosphere of constancy is achieved, moody and soothing, yet actually slowly mutating as it slides along a harmonic beam. Auxiliary textures surface with immense subtlety, merging with each other to form thicker resonance.
Soft, almost hesitant noises appear, sparks illuminating the sparse environment with tender gurgling and synthetic rattling.
The soundscape is breathing, but the cycles of contraction and expansion are so distended as to become inconspicuous changes in the even flow of ethereal substance. As the piece continues, however, these pulsations become more apparent as the music flexes with luxuriant demeanor.
Darker elements begin to show up, as if the sighing soundscape has entered a region of higher density that produces deeper echoes of the somber oscillation.
Obviously, this recording is intended to provide the listener with a calming backdrop that promises to be unintrusive yet subtly engaging, affecting the subconscious by gently stroking the periphery of concentration.