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The Desert Inbetween

by Steve Roach & Brian Parnham

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fyeahmetal I like Steve Roach's work that has rhythm, from his arpeggiated/sequenced records to his collaborations with percussionists, as is the case here. The result is not just some generic "tribal" thing, but a beautifully organic integration that ebbs and flows in energy. Didgeridoo and vocals are layered in almost subliminally, reminding me of the desert landscapes of Wim Wenders' masterpiece film "Until the End of the World", in which people get addicted to viewing their dreams. Favorite track: Ancestral Passage.
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bigpolarbear With such an interesting collaboration, it's hard to decide what to appreciate first. We have a session here where both artists enhance each other's efforts to such an extent that they create a new, extraordinary beast which set out on its own.
Deep, aching soundwalls, and clean transitions give the listener a journey to this new headspace.
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Chris Collins This is audiophile headphone music at its finest, evoking cinematic imagery of mysterious desert landscapes.
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Opening Sky 11:03


Steve Roach’s unique soundquests continue to take him and his listeners on powerful journeys to worlds at once alien and familiar. On The Desert Inbetween, Roach teams up with fellow synthesist/percussionist/didgeridoo player Brian Parnham to explore a hybrid electronic acoustic soundworld sure to please listeners of Suspended Memories and Origins-era tribalism as well as The Serpent’s Lair-styled electronics.

The blending of highly-altered organic sounds and instruments (voices, bells, didgeridoo & percussion, Waterphone), electric guitar and a vast array of analog and digital instruments connects deep into the primal mind. Drawing inspiration from the stark and magnificent expanses of the desert southwest, this project explores the outer edges of solitude: psychological states accessed when the imagination is cut free from daily concerns and permitted to focus on the essentials.

The Desert Inbetween expresses a longing for a state of beautiful isolation. The desert bakes away the superfluous to bring about a heightened state of self awareness, the expanse in between ordinary reality and special states of connected, creative awareness.

The desert has long been a landscape that holds great inspiration for musical artists, writers and painters. To the receptive, it immediately provides a more direct path to the deeper self and source of one’s artistic impulses. As the land of extremes, the desert is alive with beauty, stark vastness, magnificent vistas and silence. All of these places are expressed on The Desert Inbetween. Both artists know this desert realm after years of being immersed in this environment. Either as a metaphor for the inner world or a direct interpretation, the dynamic and subtle interweave of this experience is clearly alive here.

The Desert Inbetween is a masterwork collaboration of organic, tribal ambient rhythms, nuanced hand-made sounds and searing textures.


released January 11, 2011

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Projekt Records Portland, Oregon

Projekt is America's premier independent label specializing in passionately intense introspective music in the ambient, electronic, ethereal & darkwave genres.

39-year-old Projekt is home to Steve Roach, Erik Wøllo, Michael Stearns, Black Tape For A Blue Girl, Aurelio Voltaire and many others. The label continues to nurture the careers of its select roster of artists.
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