• Sylvain Lupari

STEVE ROACH: The Dream Circle (2020 Remastered Edition)

Updated: Mar 24

It's sleepy but not stripped of interest, since around these anesthetic layers lives a captivating organic flora

1 The Dream Circle 73:57

Timeroom Editions

(DDL/CD 73:57) (V.F.)

(Ambient, tribal ambient)

The 90's are the ones that took me the furthest away from Steve Roach's albums. As I have some catching up to do, I jumped at the chance to discover this THE DREAM CIRCLE, which I had heard a couple of times before without ever having clicked on the meditative moods. It must be said that at the time, Berlin School and Heavy Metal were my priorities with the British emergence of the Big Beat genre. In a version remastered by none other than Howard Givens, THE DREAM CIRCLE 2020 Remastered Edition offers a new sonic perspective with a better balance between organic fauna, wet cave noises and slow modulations of synth pads unfolding like immense wings captured in slow motion. I can tell you that I had to row hard to finally appreciate the almost 74 minutes of this symphony on the silence of shadows and waves. And this new remaster is largely responsible for it.

A musical shadow, captured by my left ear, rises at the same time as a lapping of streaming water stifles its freedom. Already, the multiplication of waves and breezes are leading this long movement to make radiate its universe. First observation; who says remaster also says amplification! Everything is better cut here. With this remaster, this fauna and the flow become 3D. It's therefore in a new amplified sound envelope that these small details appear to us which significantly enhance my interest in discovering this album that once I have already snubbed. Thr