by Sylvain Lupari, Guts Of Darkness
The dynamic stillness. It's all a tour de force to create such a sound illusion which flows as weighty reverie. This album matured during the last three years, during which time he also realized other more powerful albums. It is also a collection of silence that is passed on by atonal sound waves, slight in movement, personifying the quiet strength by the wandering of a remorseful spirit. We are in the soils of STRUCTURES FROM SILENCE and A DEEPER SILENCE, but with more substance, more sorrow and more nostalgia.
A loud musical shower increases during a dark movement at the opening of "Birth of Still Places". A world of sound reverberations coos slowly but with a sonorous strength, like a cerebral hypnosis. Powerful, but languishingly slow, the musical structure spreads as a big charmer snake, ready to lull you asleep on a rangy musical piece of around 61 minutes, divided into two soporific but slowly ethereal acts: "Birth of Still Places" and "Long Tide". From powerful beginnings, the movement eases slowly, as if the sleep seized us. "A Darker Light" opens on a less stormy structure, as a soft warm wind which caresses our hearing. A soft temperate wind which continues on "Opening Sky".
Disc two opens with the same "chloromorphomity" that ends disc one. "Nature of Things" is a long passage of finely oscillating waves revolving in a dark cosmos, letting wandering choirs filter through. A cosmic journey, as if we were there. Always in the cozy comfort of stasis, "Further Inside" flows slowly, as enchantress loops try to form an invisible cadence. A long piece where the rhythm tries to gush out is held by an internal strength which Roach controls with the aid of his synths. It's a melodramatic quest which encourages more the nostalgic reverie than meditation, and is connected to "Slowly Revealed", a softer and more romantic title with its delicious steams of tranquility which navigate on a harmonious sea with its fine and charming undulations. We do not grow tired of it; the movement pours with a strange melody blown by an obscure romanticism, where subtle flute essences leak out in a spectral atmosphere.
"Canyon Stillness" depicts the creative strength of Steve Roach. Here, as throughout DYNAMIC STILLNESS, Roach forges his music with an incredible dexterity for its nominative structures. Throughout this 23-minute piece, we feel winds whistled towards the imperfect furrows of the Roachian desert canyons, a desert with a thousand utopian facets which lull Steve Roach's creative illusions.
DYNAMIC STILLNESS is a powerful floating album, filled with feelings and sensibilities of an artist in constant pursuit of his spiritual ideal. Very beautiful and especially very sincere. Sound floating at Roach's best.
Guts Of Darkness
The French Magazine of Dark & Experimental Music