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From the first chord of "Perfect Dream" to the final fade of "In the Eye Of Noche," New Life Dreaming presents an unbroken feeling of connection to essential meditations found on Dreamtime Return, Quiet Music and Structures From Silence. All of these pieces were created during late 2004 and 2005. The process of remastering Dreamtime Return helped open the door into that timeless place found in Steve's most appreciated works. New Life Dreaming represents an essential chapter in the book of quiet, nourishing and graceful sound paintings.
"The desire to tap into the soundcurrent from which the Dreamtime music was drawn just seemed inevitable after the remastering process started in December of last year. It's a living, breathing, space for me which has continued to flow down deep over the years. As I re-opened the door to this dreamtime space, the creative urges and subtle cues to follow the trail deeper was immediately reinforced by several new pieces which feel directly connected to this indescribable quality. These new pieces just flowed out. There was no big agenda, concept or sense of obligation to make them feel like they belonged on the Dreamtime Return discs. All the pieces came from a calm space, just letting things breathe and not being in any hurry to go anywhere. Now that they are complete, I feel the pieces speak of the subtle blooms that occur in the heart and mind when you slow it all down."
Of special note to Projekt fans: "In the Eye Of Noche" is a mournful piece that Steve created in the Timeroom. Steve layered his sensitive guitar (with guest ethereal female vocals) over a slowed down piano track from Black Tape For A Blue Girl's Sam Rosenthal. The end result is powerful, serene and haunting. While not a "collaboration" in the traditional sense, the two artists' sensibilities combine for something truly unique and moving. This is the first time their styles have been woven together in this manner.
These tracks embody the period of time right before you start dreaming, as you lay on the brink of sleep, half in the real world and half in a nether realm of somnambulant perceptions. Accessing this junction point between worlds affords the listener an acute focus through the diffusion of concentration, opening a vast infinity of possibilities.
Often using his ethereal soundscapes as a bridge between the waking and slumbering worlds, Roach examines the fabric of reality through deep meditative trances that peel away materialistic values and reveal that everything exists as a flowing essence.
For all its vaporous mien, this music exudes a definite positivism, a relaxed ascension toward the light where interactive meaning is inescapable, revealing that stones and even time have souls.