by Jim Brenholts, Ambient Visions
Steve Roach seems to have anywhere from three to six projects in the pipeline at any given time. So when he releases a new disc, there is cause for celebration and acclamation, and for introspection and reflection.
Steve operates and creates at levels that few understand and fewer achieve. He has set standards for his own music that many would perceive as severe. He lives up to those standards constantly. Thus, listeners celebrate and acclaim.
Those standards include putting his heart and his soul into the music. Such infusion and activity allow listeners to examine their own psyches and emotional and spiritual states of being. Thus, the CD is a vehicle for an introspective adventure.
With so many projects going at once, it would be challenging and difficult to separate them entirely. FEVER DREAMS
is an original adventure and stands meritoriously on its own laurels. It is unlike everything Steve has done and it has his unique stamp all over it. So it is natural that fans reflect on Steve's discography looking for reference points and comparisons but this CD is totally unique and a total immersion into groove zones and drone zones.
In addition to Steve's awesome talents, this disc includes contributions from Patrick O'Hearn and Byron Metcalf -- highly regarded electronicians in their own rights. It also includes the rich talents of Will Merkle on bass. Fans are eager to hear Will on his own!
2004 Projekt PRO154 (CD)
Reviewed by All Music Guide, amazon.com, amazon.com, Ambient Musings, Ambient Review, Ambient Visions, Ambient Visions, CD Services (UK), Electroambient Space, Electronic Shadows, Hypnagogue, Morpheus Music, Ping Things, Sonic Curiosity, Tokafi, Tokafi, Valley Scene (San Fernando Valley, California), Wind and Wire
Within the opening moments of FEVER DREAMS' first track, "Wicked Dream" featuring Patrick O'Hearn on bass, it is clear that a new chapter is opening on Steve Roach's long and winding pursuit of potent soundworlds far off the traveled path. The music's foundation is built upon long mid-tempo hybrid grooves with strong bass elements created from a combination of acoustic and electronic means. Steve Roach's atmospheric and loop-spun melodic guitar textures rise and fall, intermix with his synth and computer alchemy to create an aura of complex emotional import. The overall feeling of FEVER DREAMS is one shrouded in an exotic amber-colored light filtering through an overgrown mental landscape of last night's lingering FEVER DREAMS; the sensual atmosphere is especially present on the 30 minute track "Tantra Mantra" featuring percussionist Byron Metcalf. This release of floating, hypnotic groove meditations sets the course on a new direction presented over the three interconnected "Fever releases" planned throughout 2004.
|1. ||Wicked Dream||MP3||18:41|| |
|2. ||Fever Pulse||MP3||10:34|| |
|3. ||Tantra Mantra||MP3||29:36|| |
|4. ||Moved Beyond||MP3||14:30|| |
With Patrick O'Hearn (bass), Byron Metcalf (percussion).