Boomkat Product Review:
Ralph Steinbrüchel returns to Room 40, home of some of his most cherished releases, with "…an album of reduction and transformation". On 'Narrow' he works with a limited palette of delicate yet dense sonic materials to articulate a central idea of static development. The album is dominated by the twenty minute title track, forming a radiant core of phosphorescent subharmonic drone which generates melodic layers that peel off into convective stereo formations, lapping and flowing around a glowing soundsphere with an organic, oceanic quality. The following five tracks seem to temper the resonance of the original source into subtle, yet more dynamic miniatures. Ralph magnifies certain elements, bringing into clearer focus a swelling bass tone, or the grainier surface textures which would be hidden to the ear in the dense swells of the original, tracing the digital whorls of their sonic fingerprints and gradually unveiling their microscopic topographies. It's an immersive listen which falls far into the right side of an often bland and uninspired arena. Highly Recommended.