Steve RoachBack To Life

Label:Projekt – PROJEKT267
2 x CD, Album


1-1Where Rasa Lives14:54
1-2Cloud Cover9:58
1-3Tranquility Base16:41
1-4The Wonder Of It All6:59
1-6Everything Inside9:39
1-7Back To Life11:17
2-1Mist Of Perception1:09:59

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  • Artwork [Cover Images]Kristina Kotarski
  • DesignSam Rosenthal
  • Synthesizer [Analog And Digital Hardware Synthesizers, Eurorack Analog Modular System], Electronics [Processors], Recorded By, Mixed BySteve Roach


Recorded and mixed at The Timeroom and The Eagle's Nest.

Packaging: 6-panel digipak with insert card
Total Time - Disc 1: 73:39
Total Time - Disc 2: 69:59
©2012 Soundquest Music, BMI

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Scanned): 617026026725
  • Barcode (Text): 6 17026 02672 5
  • Matrix / Runout (Disc 1): Z108601 TY PR3391-2.1 01 MOS1
  • Mastering SID Code (Disc 1): ifpi L909
  • Mould SID Code (Disc 1): IFPI 2U7G
  • Matrix / Runout (Disc 2): Z108613 TY PR3391-2.2 02 MOS1
  • Mastering SID Code (Disc 2): ifpi L909
  • Mould SID Code (Disc 2): IFPI 2U9G
  • Rights Society: BMI

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
Back To Life (8×File, FLAC, Album, Reissue)ProjektnoneUS2014
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Back To Life (8×File, MP3, Album, Reissue, 320 kbps)ProjektnoneUS2014


  • SatChitAnanda's avatar
    This new 2CD by Roach starts out with "Where Rasa Lives". Possibly the most soothing song I ever heard from him. It's like paragliding the open vast space of your own mind. The CD continues like this throughout. A very smooth journey indeed. But never as strong as the first track in my opinion. Totally worth the bucks from Roach's webshop. Or you can even get the boxset if it's still available.
    • melankoll's avatar
      Edited 10 years ago
      Steve Roach - "Back To Life" 2 CD

      Slowly pulsing ambient on the main surface evoking minimalistic and crystalline feel, but on the inside featuring more complicated, but complex structure breathing into this album its liveliness. It's marvelously exciting to see the craftiness and the feelings of Steve that resulted into merging basically simple sounds into precisely layered forms and sculpting various textures of individual compositions. The album is like water, where small, various drops resembling sounds connect into homogenously molded compound and create lively liquid. Every tone-sound has its own specific place, joining with others, continously interlocking or flowing and giving harmonious form to final structure. There isn't anything that would be bulking or expanding, anything that would disturb the balance or shape. The beauty is in its simplicity, but behind this beauty is hidden huge amount of wonderful and sophisticated details. No matter if these details are related to texture of each composition or to well-defined, distinct and balanced sound and production. One of the best (and most beautiful) albums in ambient genre. Thank you Steve!
      • richardgurtler's avatar
        Edited 9 years ago
        Steve Roach "Back To Life" 2xCD

        Big comeback of Steve Roach? But did he ever leave? No, definitely not a comeback, but certainly a big one!!! No question about this, because "Back To Life" double CD presents The Master at the very top of his unmeasurable creativity and invention. Together with "Groove Immersion" it comprises "Steve Roach 2012 Box Set", so a very hot item. Both these titles are sold also separately, but missing this box set in my own collection would be a big mistake. "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!!! "Cloud Cover" lives and breathes, again packed with amazing sounds and noises, Steve's soundsculpting shifts this composition into another level, a level solely occupied by him now! It's heavy thunderous piece that smoothly transfers after 6 minutes into serenely drifting washes peppered by some highly attractive noisier ingredients. The title of the next track speaks for itself, "Tranquility Base". Gently pulsing slow-mo trancey/tribal grooves join the show for another truly exciting, one of its kind, sonic pleasure. It's ultra deeply absorbing 16-minute bliss!!! "The Wonder Of It All" moves back to louder plateau with more monstrous, spiraling dronescapes, powerful and grandeur, another top-notch adventure!!! The next composition, "Touchstones", strikes with its intensity and drama. And it keeps on rolling, because "Everything Inside" is breathtaking odyssey into the deep cave to explore its stunningly spectacular sceneries. Steve at his most droning!!! And the title track is yet to come... The closing part of disc 1, "Back To Life" keeps on the route, less massive, but still quite symphonic and later uplifted with fragile groovy flavours. Absolutely grandiose finale of the first half!!! Disc 2 features 70-minute long form composition breathing with many of the finest spices from the first disc and creating continuous flow of deeply absorbing ambience drifting through richly colored organic passages and movements, again showcasing refined artistry of its virtuoso. The future is now!!! "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!!!

        Richard Gürtler (Dec 29, 2011, Bratislava, Slovakia)



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