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Long Thoughts is ambient music master Steve Roach’s first long-form electronic release on Projekt since 2012. In an era where a constant deluge of overstimulation from all directions challenges and fractalizes our attention span into smaller and smaller packets, 73-minute sanctuary provides solace: a soul-renewing immersion in the deeper end of the self-reflection pool.

Roach first imagined the foundation of this release in early 2016; over the last 15 months he lived and slept listening to the evolving versions of the album. This extended time frame with Long Thoughts supported a subtle, developing sense of the energy within the piece. A consummate evolution is important to Steve’s fully immersed micro-to-macro-soundsculpting approach. When experienced in looped infinite playback mode, the album creates a sense of constant, sustained nourishment to realign, reset, and soften the edges of modern life’s quantized thought process.

Long Thoughts is part of a larger body of acclaimed long-form pieces from Roach’s vast catalog. To the Threshold Of Silence, The Dream Circle, Slow Heat, Bloodmoon Rising and the six hours of the Immersion series are all part of the sonic DNA contained in Long Thoughts. Roach’s pioneering approach to the soundscape-drone-ambient artform draws from a rich harmonic tapestry of chordal interweaves and original sound design. Moving beyond the static form of drone music, Roach’s work in this area breathes and sighs with an organic wave that exists in its own dimension yet feels intimately familiar.

The music presents the listener with many ways to create their own Long Thought zone: gazing into the summer night sky, endless loop mode in the home at a low volume, direct engagement at a louder volume, used as a sleep environment, or for “holding of the space” as a kind of aural incense burning gently through the day and night.

As Roach enters his 4th decade as an artist of visionary soundworlds, his dedication to this artform presents a vital sanctuary of deep resonance and reflection.

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Weight .3 lbs


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CD, Cassette, 4 pack (Long Thoughts CD & Cassette + Nostalgia CD & Cassette), 3 pack (Long Thoughts CD + Nostalgia CD + Erik Wollo Cinematic CD), 2 pack (Long Thoughts CD + Cassette), 2 pack (Long Thoughts CD + Nostalgia CD)


  1. Reviews Editor

    From Ver Sacrum
    Steve Roach is a genius: he basically reinvented ambient music. The Californian musician began his dazzling career in the 80s with records such as Now and Traveler which betrayed his attendance with Corrieri Cosmici. It’s no secret that Roach fed himself to the drop of a milestone like Klaus Schulze’s Timewind. Over time Steve Roach, like musicians similar to him such as Robert Rich and Michael Stearns, has gradually refined his language by practically carrying out an evolution of Brian Eno’s environmental theories. Roach has given a metaphysical dimension to his music starting with the seminal Structures From Silence of 1984. But it is with the timeless masterpiece Dreamtime Return that he has reached the full maturity of his expressive means. The latter is a real cathartic journey into the primordial myths of Australia and the aborigines. It is a work of fundamental importance on which many have eaten. Over the years he has shown more and more a tireless creativity that has led him to publish an endless series of records among which I mention pearls such as The Dream Circle, The Magnificent Void, On This Planet and Core. There have been those who, perhaps even with some reason, have criticized this overproduction which has led to an inflation of the ambient genre. In part there is some truth but Roach has remained an integrated musician who always has something to say as demonstrated by this Long Thoughts published in 2017 which follows in the wake of his more cosmic and psychedelic vein. The disc consists of a single piece of over 70 minutes in duration: it is meditative music that will bring out the mystical animal that is inside you. It is a long minimal and hypnotic flow of sound full of good vibes that will reconcile you with your self. We are not far from a new age aesthetic but Roach, although associated with the genre, is distinguished by a class and depth that surpass it. Warmly recommended to “cosmic travellers”. -Di Caesar

    Original Italian:
    Steve Roach è un genio: in pratica ha reinventato la musica ambient. Il musicista californiano ha iniziato la sua folgorante carriera negli anni ’80 con dischi come Now e Traveller che tradivano la frequentazione dei Corrieri Cosmici. Non è un segreto che Roach si è nutrito fino allo sfinimento di un di una pietra miliare come Timewind di Klaus Schulze. Col passare del tempo Steve Roach, come d’altronde musicisti a lui simili come Robert Rich e Michael Stearns, ha via via affinato il suo linguaggio compiendo in pratica un’evoluzione delle teorie ambientali di Brian Eno. Roach ha dato una dimensione metafisica alla sua musica a partire dal seminale Structures From Silence del 1984. Ma è con il capolavoro senza tempo Dreamtime Return che ha raggiunto la piena maturità dei suoi mezzi espressivi. Quest’ultimo è un vero e proprio viaggio catartico nei miti primordiali dell’Australia e degli aborigeni. Si tratta di un lavoro di importanza fondamentale su cui in tanti ci hanno mangiato. Nel corso degli anni ha poi dimostrato sempre più un’instancabile creatività che lo ha portato a pubblicare una serie infinita di dischi fra cui cito perle come The Dream Circle, The Magnificent Void, On This Planet e Core. C’è stato chi, forse anche con qualche ragione, ha criticato questa iperproduzione che ha portato a un’inflazione del genere ambient. In parte c’è del vero ma Roach è rimasto un musicista integro che ha sempre qualcosa da dire come dimostra questo Long Thoughts pubblicato nel 2017 che si pone nel solco del suo filone più cosmico e psichedelico. Il disco è formato da un solo brano di oltre 70 minuti di durata: è musica meditativa che farà venire fuori l’animale mistico che è dentro di voi. È un lungo flusso sonoro minimale e ipnotico ricco di buone vibrazioni che vi riconcilierà con il vostro sé. Non siamo lontani da un’estetica new age ma Roach, pur accostato al genere, se ne distingue per una classe e una profondità che lo surclassano. Caldamente consigliato ai “viaggiatori cosmici”. -Di Caesar

  2. padmin

    From Exposé

    There are some words of wisdom for the potential listener to this on the inside of the sleeve: It’s created for infinite low volume playback listening. This could apply to about half of the recordings I’ve reviewed by Roach, especially those that are long-form pieces with no real breaks, whether indexed into multiple tracks, or not – as this one is, a single track of 73+ minutes. Quite often I have played these long-form pieces in replay mode from well before sundown until my morning alarm clock ritual ends it the next morning. It’s not something to be listened to intently, because the slow changes, evolutions and repetitions within the music are too slow and glacial to be appreciated on that level, but rather something to be absorbed slowly over time and drawn into the soul, like some kind of cosmic nourishment to realign and refresh one’s inner balance. The music on Long Thoughts is intensely textural, sparse on any sudden changes, and sort of flows around your body and mind seeping into all those crevices that the ongoing stresses, anxieties and overstimulation of daily life create routinely, releasing all that tension and opening the door to more measured and harmonically balanced approach to everyday life. You can play this once and feel your outlook change, play it twice and that change is further reinforced. Played in a continuous loop, a more sustained effect can be realized. Steve Roach has mastered this, and continues to produce recordings that beckon listeners to completely immerse themselves within. -Peter Thelen

  3. Michael Hodgson

    A review by Michael Hodgson:

    Defining American prog-electronic/ambient artist Steve Roach returns at the half-way point of 2017 with `Long Thoughts’, another of those slowly unwinding, ever-evolving, lightly psychedelic sound-collages that this master of the genres often delivers with impeccable precision and subtle taste. More along the lines of Roach’s `Immersion’ series of releases, his recent `Fade to Grey’ work or his four-volume `Bloodmoon Rising’ set, `Long Thoughts’ is a lengthy single continuous electronic aural canvas that weaves a hypnotic spell and concocts a distinctly mesmerizing atmosphere where time seems to blur and stretch on forever.

    With no obvious themes or percussive elements appearing throughout this seventy-three minute piece, `Long Thoughts’ lurches to life as a drowsy and dream-like surreal electronic ambient soundtrack. An unceasing lulling drone at its core, eerie and lightly stormy thrumming reverberations are rippled with ringing crystalline shimmers and churning electronic caresses. Some moments take on an icy coolness, others a gentler lulling embrace, but all culminate in drifting pools of serenity and mystery, where the most minute of transitions happen so seamlessly they’re intangible.

    Those after a modern Roach release with more melodic and rhythmic qualities a little closer to a firmer prog-electronic sound should perhaps head to `Skeleton Keys’, `Spiral Revelations’ or his Robert Logan collaboration `Biosonic’ first, alternatively those wanting a more approachable or varied example of the purer ambient styles he works in frequently these days might prefer recent discs like `Painting in the Dark’ or `Nostalgia for the Future’, released directly alongside this one.

    But if you’re a fan of Mr Roach’s subtle and sedate long-form works, `Long Thoughts’ is undiluted, pure ambient music that still holds weight and quiet intelligence, and it will prove to be a great reward for the most patient of listeners, a piece that reminds us to step back and slow down in this busy fast-paced blur of a time we live in.

  4. Reviews Editor

    From Sonic Immersion

    During his decades-long career Steve Roach has composed lots of longform ambient for looped infinite low volume playback mode to wander off gently and disappear in. The completely freeform environment Long Thoughts is presented as a vital sanctuary of deep resonance and reflection to us humans as a constant deluge of overstimulation from all directions challenges and fractalizes our attention span into smaller and smaller packets in these modern times.

    Soundwise, the continuous 73-minute sound sculpture of slow morphing textural waves and intrinsic power currents fit in the same league as the vast dronescapes Slow Heat, The Dream Circle and the tantalizing World’s Edge-track “To the Threshold Of Silence”, blending dark and light atmospheres seamlessly and in captivating form. As such -and I hereby quote the press-sheet-Long Thoughts provides a place of solace, offering a soul-renewing immersion in the deeper end of the self-reflection pool. This quality release is for the deep listening ambient aficionados among us. -Bert Strolenberg

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