2017 Timeroom Editions 6 (CD)
Reviewed by Hannah M.G. Shapero, Alternate Music Press, Ambient Visions, AmbiEntrance, Backroads Music, Guts of Darkness, Jungle Voodoo, MusicTAP, Sonic Curiosity, Wind and Wire
CORE is dynamic convergence of Steve's most essential organic, electronic, rhythmic and atmospheric elements, making this a stand-out solo release. The Summer of 2001 was a time of renewal as Roach turned away from all concerts, collaborations and other offers, directing his focus deep into the heart of this powerful journey, back to the core. 100% pure Steve Roach music. Created at the crossroads blending his various genre-bending phases of elegant futurism, tribal-ambient, classic sequencer trance and modern electronica. A literal cross-pollination of many aspects from the core of Steve's dynamic, emotion-filled soundworlds. CORE is a release that easily could have been created two weeks into the future.
Review excerpt from Ben Kettlewell, Alternate Music Press:
With this release, Roach revives the stylish opulence, nostalgic grandeur, and poetic refinement of his sequencer-based electronic music of the 70's and 80's, but transcends its refinement much deeper than that. Rhythmically activated and spatially charged, CORE is a seductively original work of art. Richly textured with imaginative sounds, samples and dynamics from crunchingly intense rhythms to ethereal images, Roach continues to tear down the style barriers with this eclectic masterpiece. "Core Meditation" as well as the other eleven compositions on CORE fuse elements of shamanic ritual, electronic, experimental, and ethno-ambient into an engaging ecstatic matrix.
This is the 2017 reissue, limited edition of 500, in a Digipak instead of the jewel case, but otherwise identical to the 2001 release. CD's ordered from steveroach.com ship with a Bandcamp download code, and for a limited time you can name your price for the Bandcamp version!