Steve Roach, Dirk Serries Low Volume Music 2012



Sometimes ambient music can be a little like having a morphine addiction, you get so drenched in the sounds you can hardly fathom any other kind of music.

You become a ‘user’ of ambient

You literally need an adrenalin shot to wake you out of your trance like state.

It’s also funny how different people approach Ambient ‘New Age’ (as it is sometimes called) like Steve Roach or Brian Eno.

Many see it as music you put on while getting a massage or taking a bath or thinking about dolphins or touching some crystals or whatever.

On this album I can see something momentous has happened in Steve’s music landscape. The album covers no longer looks like some alien plant covered in vomit or a mushroom with stars behind it.

But it is cool grey and calm, the typeface sits well spaced and minimal- it is well designed.

The songs too are well designed and meditative in a different way than previously.  They have lost the bubbling and gurgling of his earlier work.

This isn’t everyone’s cup of tea not everyone can take up an addiction like this.

But I totally recommend Steve Roach to anyone wanting to ‘really’ chill out.

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