Back to Life

by Steve Roach

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Mikeljon Nikolich
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Mikeljon Nikolich I just listened through the first time and truly love the whole work! The textures of the music are dynamic enough to hold me and at the same time the pieces are perfect for meditation, contemplation, inner exploration. Favorite track: Disc 2: Mist of Perception.
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rikm On "Back to Life", Steve Roach presents some of his very best work, a beautiful collection of long form and shorter ambient pieces that take the listener on a journey through stunning aural spaces. Roach has always been a leader in the field of ambient music, and on "Back to Life" he proves once again how very well deserved that status is...
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Richard Gürtler ..."Where Rasa Lives" fires the show with gracefully floating ambience clocking to 15-minute mark, but after 9 minutes "hidden" crystalline grooves enter the stage. On the first "look" it sounds quite minimal, but careful listening explores all kinds of sounds and atmospheres, all interacting precisely, carefully balanced and graciously moving just like the droplets on the album's cover image (absolutely gorgeous work by Kristina Kotarski, the hellfirediva!!!). "Where Rasa Lives" is one of the best and most tranquil pieces of music Steve ever did (and he did a whole bunch of them!), a pure symphony for my ears...

"Back To Life" 2xCD is without any doubt one of the best and most groundbreaking recordings of 2011 (or 2012?). No matter, I think it's just a question of time before "Back To Life" will become another milestone not only in Steve's phenomenal career, but also in the ambient genre as a whole. Yes, a truly genius, all-inclusive, performance by this ambient giant, and for me, a truly magnificent and immersing lifelong sonic experience!!! Life is so beautiful!!!
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Chris Collins I love the way the cascading waveforms of Cloud Cover resolve/release into Tranquility Base.

Disk 2: Mist of Perception transports the listener to the far reaches of the cosmos.
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Back to Life is a masterful expression drawing from the realm of Steve Roach’s mythic imagination: an enveloping experience of vast beauty and mystery. These harmonically rich, multi-layered pieces breathe with an elemental ebb and flow; with the 2-CD Back to Life, Steve achieves a new pinnacle within the ambient line of his oeuvre.

The Steve Roach discography – rather than comprising clearly delineated chronological chapters – can instead be divided into various conceptual strands running and developing both in sync and in contrast with each other. Within these branches, there have always been milestones, and Back to Life is one of them.

Back to Life speaks directly to the multi-nuanced, non-verbal portion of our perception, drawing nourishment from the essence of nature, the timeless expressions of the human experience in art and music, the sharing of life’s beauty in wordless wonder-filled reflections and reveries.

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released August 7, 2012

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