Steve Brand & Roy Mattson | Meltstream

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by Steve Brand & Roy Mattson

Ambient music for the thawing season. Misty mountain tops, watery flows, and open skies.
Genre: New Age: Ambient
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  Song Share Time Download
1. My Shadow and the Morning Sun
Steve Brand & Roy Mattson
9:57 $0.99
2. Just Above Treeline
Steve Brand & Roy Mattson
13:21 album only
3. Leeward Shadows
Steve Brand & Roy Mattson
16:47 $0.99
4. Meltstream
Steve Brand & Roy Mattson
14:04 album only
5. Unlost [Strange Lights & Firefly Stars]
Steve Brand & Roy Mattson
13:05 album only
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Album Notes
Meltstream really began in 2007 when Steve and Roy first met at Steve Roach's Soundcurrent Masters Workshop in Sonoita, Arizona. During the week long workshop, the group would improvise with one another, over the music of one of the artists present, all with Steve Roach doing the mixing. Steve says, "Some of the most satisfying and compelling moments for me, were when Roy and I would combine sensibilities. There was a richness and depth there that I just wanted to create, hear and experience over and over.” In 2013, Roy sent Steve a handful of sounds (guitar and keyboard loops and sketches) that he then wove together with his own keyboard textures, field recordings, shakers, whistles, voice, etc.

Some titles were inspired by a dream that Roy related to Steve ("strange lights and firefly stars"), another was inspired by a photo that Roy took at the workshop in Sonoita ("My Shadow And The Morning Sun"), and others organically grew out of creating the arrangements. Roy and Steve both have a strong affinity to nature, especially the mountains, and this music grew out of those moments, immersed in nature...and sound.

The sounds at the end of “My Shadow…” were created with sandstone collected in Sonoita by Brand and Roach in 2007, and the bird sounds at the end of “My Shadow…” were created with a bird whistle given to Brand.

Thanks to Roy and to Steve Roach.



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Richard Gurtler

Don't miss this glorious dronescaping adventure!!!
Steve Brand needs no bigger introduction here, he is constantly confirming his reputation as one of the giants of primordial shamanistic electroacoustic soundsculpting. But Roy Mattson comes here as a new name on the ambient map. Based in Stony Creek, NY, Roy Mattson has been making music for many years, but according to my knowledge, he didn't share it until 2013, when his collaboration with Mystified "Pluto And Charon" was released on Treetrunk Records (July, 2013). Steve Brand and Roy Mattson have met for the first time on Steve Roach’s Into The Soundcurrent workshop in Sonoita, Arizona in September, 2007. And that was the triggering point for "Meltstream". The album comes in beautiful 4-panel digipak, for sure both artists and Relaxed Machinery deserve this catchy packaging, a way to continue!!!

10-minute opener "My Shadow And The Morning Sun" quickly shifts into gorgeously ethereal spheres, attractively melting distant drone undulations with evocative string subtleties. Drifting, expanding and peaking into heavier, unbounded realms, before inconspicuously transmuting into lushly colored primordial paradise led by tranquilly swirling, rattling and embracing cacophony of various eclectic shakers and rumbles. I am really hooked on this track!!! "Just Above Treeline" graciously floats and meanders on soothingly waving cloudbeds of gorgeously majestic pensiveness. Ancient whistles quietly sneak in during the second half and take the listener deeper into enthralling contemplative realms. "Leeward Shadows", the longest piece clocking to nearly 15 and half minutes, immediately dives into monstrously abyssal drone depths. Watch your speakers, because that's a really huge drone blaze, but fortunately soon joined by the graceful symphony of panoramic drifts, enhanced by intensifying blankets and pierced with mysteriously crescendoing reverberations. Crickets are awaken too during this nocturnal magic and deliver their chirping virtuosity, while assortment of bells illuminate the path to the gates... Psychically supreme and spectacularly transcendental magnum opus awaits here. Bravissimo, Gentlemen!!! "Meltstream", the title composition, returns into earthy wistful terrains filled with warmly ebbing wide-screen reflections, masterfully unfolding into thrillingly immersing vistas, which slowly metamorphose along the way into magnificently expanding and imposingly culminating drone scenario. Another breathtaking tribute to surrounding natural wonders, more please!!! "Unlost [Strange Lights & Firefly Stars]" starts with ear-bending drone escapade, soon the journey calms down a bit, but the drifting intensity is still absolutely unfathomable and mindscaping. Lushly colored field recordings inconspicuously permeate through mysteriously dark, moonlit landscape, but then spiritedly interact with gargantuan dronewaves. Utterly embracing!!! A grand finale? Sure, it was!!!

What to add? I am short of words, because it's the music that speaks for itself, you must fully experience "Meltstream", because otherwise you will miss one of the most glorious dronescaping adventures released in last few years. Steve Brand did it again, but that's nothing surprising anymore and for Roy Mattson this turned as a really great introductory performance. "The Great Hoop" was one of the ultimate sonic jewels of 2013 and now, "Meltstream", a 67-minute long soundsculpting magic is heading for the same title in 2014. Hats off to Steve & Roy!!! The official release date is scheduled for May 30th, the countdown is running!!!

Richard Gürtler (May 18, 2014, Bratislava, Slovakia)