Steve Roach
New Life Dreaming


3.5
great

Review

by Chris Jackson USER (177 Reviews)
April 17th, 2007 | 6 replies | 5,565 views


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist


1 of 1 thought this review was well written

With over fifty studio albums Steve Roach has delved deeply into numerous subgenres of electronic music. Ambient, progressive, trance, space rock, and house have all been explored by Roach. On New Life Dreaming Steve does what he does best; he takes his beatless ambient style to the next level and creates some of the finest ambient music that I’ve ever heard from him. His minimal approach and knack for creating picturesque imagery is in full force.

New Life Dreaming only consists of five tracks but it almost hits the seventy minute mark in length. This may sound too overwhelming to some but keep in mind that this is the type of music that’s effective when you turn it on in the background. 80% of the music is comprised of minimal soundscapes and a few warbling bass notes, in result you get an extremely spacey and atmospheric sound. Unlike some of his subsequent albums New Life Dreaming has a calm, reflective vibe thanks to the lush soundscapes and flourishing dynamics. The production is spot on capturing the spiritual, sublime sound that this album has to offer.

After a few listens it’s fairly obvious that every song sounds similar and in order to differentiate them you’ll have to listen to the album through a solid set of headphones. If one song stands out it has to be the hypnotic closer, In the Eye of Noche. Female vocalists hum over dreamy soundscapes that are so sparse they can barely be described. There’s just enough variation to get through the lengthy seventy minutes however nothing tends to standout and this does get tedious even to a more patient listener.

While I wasn’t very impressed with Roach’s other minimalist efforts New Life Dreaming was a pleasant surprise. The twinkly, ethereal atmosphere found on New Life Dreaming is spacious yet captivating at the same time. For the impatient listener Roach’s music may be too sparse and lengthy but for someone who is a fan of ambient music New Life Dreaming will be a pleasant surprise.



Recent reviews by this author
The Dead C Secret EarthJohn Coltrane Lush Life
Crystal Castles Crystal CastlesUlaan Khol I
Four Tet RingerHarmonia Musik von Harmonia
user ratings (5)
Chart.
4
excellent

Comments:Add a Comment 
jrowa001
April 17th 2007



8749 Comments


pretty good review, im not really into electronic music but considering this is supposed to be ambient and relaxing ill check it out. i bet his dad got tired of people calling him Papa Roach

AlienEater
April 18th 2007



716 Comments


i would assume his dad was dead before papa roach even existed but i am most likely wrongThis Message Edited On 04.18.07

FlawedPerfection
Emeritus
April 18th 2007



2806 Comments


Steve Roach is pretty cool, I have Dreamtime Return. It's way too long but there's some cool stuff.

Ataraxia
April 20th 2007



59 Comments


I haven't heard this album, but I love both his early synth stuff and his later ambient music.

Slaapkamers
April 20th 2007



596 Comments


Sounds boring.

CK
June 6th 2013



4520 Comments


Someone should rank this guy's albums



You have to be logged in to post a comment. Login | Create a Profile





FAQ // STAFF & CONTRIBUTORS // SITE FORUM // CONTACT US

Bands: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z


Site Copyright 2005-2013 Sputnikmusic.com
All Album Reviews Displayed With Permission of Authors | Privacy Policy