Steve Roach & Serena Gabriel
Temple Of The Melting Dawn
Ancient Waves Music
Out 2nd April
Steve Roach and Serena Gabriel are no strangers. For this third collaboration album, the pair aimed high. This album is designed to assist divinatory experiences, meaning it can help people who want to reach spiritual levels of consciousness. To bring about this sensation, the artists themselves used their own divinatory experiences to influence their composition. By elevating their consciousness into realms of otherwise unreachable intuition, Steve Roach and Serena Gabriel were able to bridge the void by use of ancient and modern musical instruments.
It begins with Glow Of Light. Ephemeral tones scale and dance into abstraction as whistling elements rise to the plunge of resonance. Graceful and breezy waves of rippling tone forms draperies across what begins to protrude. Sonic plonk drums start to chime in pottery like vibratory atmospheres as the wash of uplifting arpeggio inspired ocean continues. Melody is unearthed from the expanse of progressive percussion. Hypnotic rises and falls in the drum brings out a slow and dreamy horn lead. This floats on currents of metaphysical intention that kiss the moment with imagery. Bells begins to sparkle in adjacent ceilings of sound that mirror the unseen.
A radiant burst of orchestral flow showers the silence with an electric atmosphere. Plucked notes begin to describe a seductive enchantment that wants to defocus the mind. Splinters of light vibrate like metallic tinsel as gusty sensations sweep from under our feet. A journey of sound begins as the harmonising composition bounces from an ad-lib feel that runs through the exploring notes. Visions Of Delphi sways with a warm energy that lifts up through the ground and into the distant sky. We stand within the currents as empowerment and balance transcend the material border.
Next, melodious sensations rise like vapour from a simmering broth. Floral essences mirror evocative feelings as tangents of aroma combine in beautiful polygons. Whispers of harmony shine in a heat of cello that soars through low trees and stretching hill-tops. Slow and meaningful motions of sound dance like ballerinas through streamers and wind-swept ribbons. A gentle walk through ambient surroundings keeps the pace through a subtle evolution and progress that creeps along the stillness of music. Stillwind Ways holds the moment and captures a timescale through the soft compression of mindful presence.
Ethereal shimmers breathe light into the darkness for a moment before shadow becomes present once more. A balance between light and shade ensues, as each force of nature projects its abilities in a reversal of capacity. Much like the forces of life within the awareness, mirror images reveal strange dances of intent and agenda. Slow and gliding atmospheric tones wash like a river lapping against a bridleway. At the speed of gravity, Somna's progressive fluctuations in the cosmos create momentary universes encapsulated in the dream.
In Another Time opens gently. A subtle build of unison tones resolve through distorted silence. Chimes and air-bass move in serpentine manoeuvres along distilled lay-lines of sonic clarity. The tension grows with the curdling of harmony and a mixing of vibrational quality. Crystalline shapes resonate and reflect with distinct emotions as distant forces craft vast networks within open voids. Expansive feelings writhe in warm and eternal waters while candle flames flicker against water-carved interiors.
Deep resonant tones rumble then bloom with harmonious currents. Speckles of jumping timbre pour through funnels of groaning sound. Drawn out and gently contoured mixtures of synthesiser roll like passing hills beneath the ply of sunny clouds. Shimmering lantern like streaks dance across three-dimensional spaces as twinges of amplitude bring out extra sounds in the composition. Spaces In Between drifts through carefree harmonies and cream textured synths.
The final track, Heaven And Earth, opens with a choir like bell resonance that reaches with hidden magnetism. Voices mix with chimes and ambient synthesiser to form a luxury of sewn fabrics. Strange tangents grow from the body of lush sound that reach into the black notes, leaving space for the imagination to plant roots. Cavernous echoes bounce in softened backdrops as the minimal melody grasps at handholds occulted by the division of light.
You can get your copy of this huge and enchanting album on Bandcamp.
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