by Roger Batty, Musique Machine
IMMERSION: TWO finds Steve Roach investigating a darker and stranger long-form ambient sound world than the first Immersion disc. Moulding and sculpting out some really very eerier and edgy nocturnal moodscapes, that have a mysterious harmonic charm, which seem to suck you in further and further to its slow moving dark world.
The feeling for this 70+ minute long trip is akin to floating slowly over a nighttime forest, the trees swaying with a slight breeze. Up above a starless sky hovers cloud-bound, ominous chilled light coming from the bone white moon as it appears every so often though the clouds' thick mask -- or maybe like a slow descent into a cooling cave system that trickles and echoes with strange watery sounds. You feel like after walking for ages, your feet finally give up, then slouched against the cave wall you look out onto a slow trickling underground waterfall that's lit by your fading torchlight, then soon fades altogether leaving you in velvety enveloping darkness.
Roach successively builds up slow shifting clouds of droning, sighing electronic tones, and pitch black harmonics, with all manner of drippings and nighttime breezy rushes, making this one dark sound trip you won't want to take your ears off of.
Amazingly Roach has managed to top the high standards of the first part in this series, IMMERSION: ONE, a more involving and morphing darker flip-side to part one's floating white light wonder.