by Johnny Black, Q Magazine
Despite a delayed UK release for his 1987 evocation in music of Southern California's Mojave Desert, Steve Roach and Braheney's work sounds surprisingly contemporary. Given electronic music's rapid development in recent years, that's an indication of how far they were ahead of the mainstream. This was the first album in perhaps a decade to turn away from the long-established synthesizer conventions (space, mental travelling, fantasy, legend) and look for inspiration, as Brian Eno once did, to the land. As a result, Roach and Braheney were obliged to find new tonal colours and slowly unfolding rhythmic patterns which would reflect the desert's subtle interplay of heat and light, and the disturbing sense of distance in a landscape which seems unchanging but which is, in fact, always moving, eroding and renewing itself. Easily among the finest electronic albums of the last decade.