Steve Roach Update: Midsummer Sound Waves|
August 2, 2009
Midsummer greetings from the Core of the summer Arizona heat and its monsoon storms...
Once again the true nature of the land of extremes has been working its magic in the Timeroom, as three new releases are in the final stages before birthing. Destination Beyond, Afterlight and Immersion: Four will all be released together towards the end of August or early September. 500 will be available in a limited-edition box set, signed and numbered by Steve. The three will also be sold individually. More on this soon.
Meanwhile, we are excited to announce some fine new releases available now, plus news on what's ahead:
Phantoms by Forrest Fang — Projekt
"Fang makes a perfect label-mate for such spirits as Vidna Obmana and Steve Roach. Good for both late night relaxation or close attention." — All Music Guide
"From out of the atmospheric backwaters of the World Music genre flows the fascinating soundworlds of Forrest Fang. His work combines native flutes, eastern strings and exotic percussion with synthesizers and digital processing to produce a music for our world but not entirely of it. His CD Phantoms opens up and explores a minimalistic region of music where expressions are made through the gradual motion of textures and timbres — all churning beneath cavernous reverberation. Phantoms' eight tracks move between static drones and metallic cross-modulations to the tumultuous soundscapes of nocturnal ambience — where rhythms seem based more in ancient ceremonies than in computer software. Exceptional in its dark hued subtlety this work transports the listener to a cyber-jungle nowhereland. Alternating between the dreamy and the experimental, the primitive and the futuristic, this music conjures up an imaginary environment ruled by mythic lost tribes, technology and the vast continent of Forrest Fang's dark vision." — Chuck van Zyl, Star's End / WXPN Radio
Atlan by Soriah (with Ashkelon Sain) — Projekt
Atlan has its roots in the ceremonial: ritualism, shamanism, butoh. Master Tuvan throat singer Soriah has teamed with prolific soundscaper Ashkelon Sain to create a masterwork of epic celestial elegance. The eleven tracks employ a host of Central Asian ethnic stringed instruments alongside atmospheric synths and hypnotic hand percussion to form a simmering backdrop for Soriah's mesmerizing vocals.
Soriah has extensively trained in traditional Tuvan throat singing. Most recently, he was honored as the Third Place winner in the International Symposium of Khoomei Competition, and "Best Foreigner" in the 2008 Ustuu-Khooree World Music Festival in Tuva, where the form originated.
As much as the complex underpinnings of Soriah's music reach back to Central Asia, he traces his cultural roots to his father's homeland of Mexico. Soriah's explorations of Mexico's cities, wilderness, and eclectic indigenous traditions — as well as his extensive Tuvan travels and musical studies there — have deeply influenced his pan-cultural ethos. Soriah's interest in contemporary expression through animism and shamanism, and particular fascination with the Aztec mysteries has all substantially informed the material found on Atlan. Of the album's lyric tracks, five are intoned in the ancient Aztec language of Nahuatl, while two others are interpretations of traditional Tuvan chants.
Producer / instrumentalist Ashkelon has crafted the album's sound with a seamless, ambient quality, harkening equally to the symphonic and the etherealesque. Arranged in spellbinding tempo, the tracks vary in structure from linear, North Indian styled ragas to rhythmic, esoteric songs to multilayered walls of ambient beauty, all the while retaining an unwavering sense of spiritualism and timelessness.
Atlan is a ritualistic sound adventure. You emerge from a listen with your head swaddled in a pre-linguistic fever dream. Vocals and whispers collide and chase each other through the mix and just when you start to feel comfortable or certain of the terrain, another movement begins and you're back in the mist. With closed eyes, envision vast steppes illuminated by firelight, or rain falling in deep space, or vanished civilizations — ancient and mysterious yet curiously modern.
Radiate by Jeffrey Koepper — Ricochet Dream
Sequentaria. Radiate contains live versions of tracks from Sequentaria, Momentium and Luminosity.
"Luxurious harmonic threads ripple in the air like expanding banners, twirling around each other to form an exquisite helix of pulsating electronic sound. Each sonic strand embodies a glistening riff, some ephemeral, others comprised of keyboard loops. As the music unfolds, the tendrils meld into wondrous interaction and merge to create complex patterns of delicate melodic beauty." — Matt Howarth
Disciple by Mark Seelig (back in stock; German import)
Many thanks for your ongoing support!