The Dream Circle shows Steve Roach at absolutely the top of his game. Originally released in 1994 as a limited, 2,500-copy release, where each copy was signed, The Dream Circle was sure to be a legend, but Roach and his Timeroom Editions label decided to do a re-release and make it more readily available to those who may have missed out, thank goodness. The Dream Circle is absolutely the best of his ambient long-form works. This recording is right up there with Quiet Music (complete) and the legendary Structures From Silence that was re-released on the Projekt label in 2001. With The Dream Circle, Roach has created one of his best and most beautifully evocative sonic atmospheres. This recording is par excellence, and comparisons to this recording are hard, but if you enjoy the ambient, atmospheric work of Vidna Obmana, James Johnson, and Robert Rich, then you will certainly enjoy this recording. This recording, though, is very Steve Roach in that it's a single long-form piece that clocks in at just under 74 minutes of completely enveloping, low-volume listening sonic mastery. This recording is absolutely a pick and a must-have for any fan of ambient atmospheric recordings.
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AllMusic Review by Matt Borghi