“Sacred Black” is Steve Roberts’ third cd, who’s music caught my attention when I heard his (former) album “Still Life”.
“Sea of Rains” is next: an otherworldly adventure in ambient/space with strange cascading effects over solar winds. This is intriguing space music offering some new dimensions, followed a dreamy piece of music: “The Shores of the Cosmic Ocean”. The slightly choral-like textural environment contains a beautiful classic sample of Martin Denny’s Quiet Village, a gentle match with a more than interesting outcome.
“Argo Navis” gives the listener an sort-of uncanny feel, slightly experimental with some vague distorted guitar at the end. Listening and experiencing “5am Melbourne 1996” is a typical happy accident in audioland: its slightly circling sound is hypnotising, making you can’t just look away from what Steve is sculpturing: transforming a personal experience into audio format. Not to forget the little Pink Floydish sound at the end.
“The Demon Haunted World” is the most difficult track on the album: its overall industrial/experimental soundscapes have the impact of strolling over the darkest edge, I think it not at place here.
Those looking for some unexpected encounters should really try this on. I’m sure they won’t be disappointed…
You can see what reviews I have done of this artist on the Amongst Myselves artist page
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