As many Steve Roach fans will know, the start of the 1990’s marked an uprise of profound tribal-ambient electronic music, a genre Steve already explored on releases such as “Early man”, “World’s Edge”, “Origins” and the stunning “Dreamtime Return”.
It was a period in which Steve immersed deep in a mysterious zone world of primordial, ritual and mystic places, utilizing a large array of organic sound sources such as clay pots, didgeridoo, rattles, shakers, spirit catcher along shaman vocal chants, smooth roaming drone tapestries and hybrid trance grooves.
The double album “Journey of One”, that comes in a beautifully designed 6-panel digipak, is centered around the magic and hypnotic realm embedded in the core of this sound. It contains two sets of 47 and 50 minutes both recorded in Sacramento, California, displaying the culmination of Steve’s electro-acoustic music created in the moment, live on stage.
The outcome is a sonic tribal gathering of a dark, metaphysical, and sometimes even psychedelic nature, a primordial resonance from ancient days, forgotten cultures and ritual grounds. Personally, I find the second disc more consistent and pleasant while it still reaches into the deep end of things.
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