Both Steve Roach and Brian Parnham are known for years as purveyors of the sound of deserts and expansive, remote places. As the press sheet explains, the album draws inspiration from the stark and magnificent expanses of the desert southwest.
While expressing a longing for a state of beautiful isolation, the project explores the outer edges of solitude: psychological states accessed when the imagination is cut free from daily concerns and permitted to focus on the essentials.
The hybrid electro-acoustic soundworld “The Desert Inbetween” is the culmination of their efforts, a 67-minute strong organic soundscape with searing textural tapestries, assorted tribal/ethnic rhythms and elements, delivered in seven tracks.
The immense vastness, imaginary vistas and bare silence shimmer through the veins of this album. Keep in mind it’s not that quiet, as groovy undercurrents and assorted percussion from time to time lend it an active “vibe”.
“The Desert Inbetween” is recommended for those who care for an assemblage of highly-altered organic sounds and instruments, travellers to worlds once alien and familiar, next to Roach’s tribal-infused “Origins”-period and the two Suspended Memories projects.
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