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Steve Roach / Kelly David — The Long Night
(Projekt 297, 2014, CD)

by Peter Thelen, Published 2014-01-12

The Long Night Cover artThis new collaboration between Steve Roach and Denver based ambient composer Kelly David hits the nail on the head. The Long Night is an hour-long, five-part piece designed to take the listener into the subconscious and meditative atmospheric world along the midnight path; a shimmering world of slowly shifting non-rhythmic textures borne of electronics and heavily processed acoustic sounds and studio atmospherics. The five pieces are slow evolutions, growing and developing and gently folding into one another to create a gentle continuum where calm and stillness meet the scintillating energy of a journey into the nocturnal void, where dark meets light in subtle intricate passages that illuminate the inward path to the subconscious. From one who has used this type of music as accompaniment for meditation, slumber, and travels into deeper states of consciousness for at least two decades, it truly doesn’t get much better than this. This is not pretty new-age music, there is no form, rhythm or melodic color here, no sequences or anything like that. This is a slow-evolving exploration of sonic textures in its purest form. Perhaps Projekt’s release sheet says it best: A contemplative zen noir of minimal radiant ambience.

Filed under: New releases, 2014 releases

Related artist(s): Steve Roach

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