Steve Roach & Vidna Obmana ‎– Well Of Souls

Projekt ‎– PROJEKT 60
2 × CD, Album, Reissue


1-1 In The Presence Of Something 9:57
1-2 In The Realm Of Twilight - Outlands One 13:13
1-3 The Secret Arrival - Outlands Two 14:08
1-4 The Gathering 24:08
2-1 Deep Hours 29:24
2-2 Well Of Souls 25:58
2-3 The Quiet Companion 8:14
2-4 The Dwelling Place 9:02

Companies, etc.



Source material recorded 1994 and 1995 at Serenity Studio, Belgium and the Timeroom. Final recording February and March 1995 at the Timeroom, Tucson. Mixed April and May 1995.

Cover Painting: "Figures from the Ancestors" courtesy of the Susan and David Johnson Collection.

Digipak with a wraparound paper strip similar to a Japanese Obi.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Printed): 6 17026 00602 4
  • Barcode (Scanned): 617026006024
  • Mould SID Code (CD1): IFPI 8109
  • Mould SID Code (CD2): IFPI 8115
  • Matrix / Runout (CD1): DADR 1UFP2<712Ø>PRO6ØA
  • Matrix / Runout (CD2): DADR 1VTS3<712Ø>PRO6ØB
  • Rights Society: BMI

Other Versions (2 of 2) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
8-934, 8-935 Steve Roach & Vidna Obmana Steve Roach & Vidna Obmana - Well Of Souls(2xCD, Album, Ltd, Unofficial) ArsNova, ArsNova 8-934, 8-935 Russia 1995 Sell This Version
PROJEKT 60 Steve Roach & Vidna Obmana Steve Roach & Vidna Obmana - Well Of Souls(2xCD, Album, Dig) Projekt PROJEKT 60 US 1995 Sell This Version



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June 2, 2012
A friend recently asked me what my top ten favourite albums were. Being in my mid-Thirties, I of course opted for albums which had been part of my life for some years now and had lasted the course of time. "Well Of Souls" was one of only three or four more recent ones. And this is not a sudden decision - I was sent this review copy for SOFT WATCH back in '95, and have taken three years to get 'round to reviewing it. How many people get chance to praise one of their favourite albums - and where the hell do you start?
A double album stretching in total over 124 minutes with not one second of excess. This is the soundtrack to the most beautiful dreams you'll ever experience in waking life. Put it on repeat play, darken the room, light a few candles and lose yourself within it's shifting mist walkways for a couple of weeks.

Track one is a dark and mysterious journey, through Ancient Eastern alleyways, the air scented with desiccated humanity & seductive spices, blended now and then with the stink of ordure and rot. In the sand-coloured, dimly lit streets, rhythm can be heard, floating on the air, lulling the listener, seducing, beckoning. Before the rhythms of the second track well up from the darkness, the atmosphere remains one of the soundtrack from the original 'ALIEN' film. As th passive pattering of the drums take over, you are transported to some eldritch temple, maybe to become witness to ceremonies for raising creatures from the Pit, perhaps Cthulhu - or maybe a rite far more benign - a fertility dance, a celebration beneath some minor deity's gaze. Track three visits similar places with a lighter atmosphere, while the closing track for the first disc transforms from a drifting passive thing, using ethnic devices like Rain Sticks, into another tranquil rhythm, sounding like an opiate-shot MUSLIMGAUZE. If you've ever fancied fantasizing about being a Temple Dancer, slip on those finger bells and play this loud.

First track on the second disc glitters out of the speakers like mysterious starlight, gentle waves of soothing, strange sound passing over you as if trying to describe the firmament from some other position in the universe, a place unseen, unimagined by humankind. Track two, the title track, continues the planetarium ambience, exploring yet more constellations, the gentlest of orreries dancing their dreamstate dance. Track three explores a deeper, more earth-bound, yet no less calming place. Deep warm tones well up while sustaining harmonies and thunderous noises resound. The atmosphere is one of restfulness, a welcoming womb of enveloping soundwaves. A nest for tired minds to hibernate - an asylum of peace. The fourth and final track in this collection could be a performance in a natural, cathedral-like cave - the tones are warm and non-linear, drifting like woodsmoke through an arid landscape. Rich, lulling, mysterious.

ROACH & VIDNA OBMANA went on to create another album together (which alas I have not heard) - I can only assume the beauty was revisited once again. Individually they create some breathtakingly wonderful music - together their talent becomes sublime. A very, VERY recommended album.

Originally reviewedfor Soft Watch.