Truth & Beauty, Truth & Beauty: The Lost Pieces Volume Two
This is subtitled The Lost Pieces Volume Two, and is a collection of anthology and unreleased pieces that individually have their own stories. The CD opens with the bonus track to the second edition of STORMWARNING called "Aftermath." Totally unlike the sequencer based music it used to accompany, it is a very fine deep ambient piece with the occasional sonic boom for great dynamic effect. "The Majestic Void" is from KLEM's Electronische Muziek 1994 collection and is typical of his percussive style on his late 80's albums, especially DREAMTIME RETURN. The next three tracks are from the same era as EARTH ISLAND, two of them featuring Suso Saiz on guitar. They all differ from the group work of Suspended Memories and seem to be more basic and possibly preliminary outtakes. "Beyond The Blood" hails from around ARTIFACTS, although voices have been added to complete the track. This is a dense work, in the vein of the album KIVA. "Before The Sacrifice" was Roach's contribution to the Twilight Earth compilation, a piece with percussion and warm synths. The remaining half hour of the disc contains three ambient pieces. "The Unreachable Place (Again)" reaches back the farthest to 1987 and is like the best moments of QUIET MUSIC or DREAMTIME RETURN. "The Unbroken Promise" is from 1993's The Promises of Silence collection, and is aptly a slow textural drift. "This And The Other" is from the first Soundscape Gallery compilation and is a very quiet, soothing piece, subtly ending the set. The entirety works as an odds-and-ends collection, and varies in quality depending on context, but there are some certain gems here that are worth the attention of ambient listeners.