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4.30 | 14 ratings | 3 reviews | 38% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2014

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. The Delicate Forever (24:42)
2. The Well Spring (13:35)
3. Where the Mysteries Sleep (12:35)
4. Perfect Sky (13:45)
5. HearAfter (9:10)

Total time 73:51

Line-up / Musicians

- Steve Roach / keyboards, synths, all instruments

Releases information

Projekt Records: Project 305

Release date: July 22nd 2014

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Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(38%)
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Review by Aussie-Byrd-Brother
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Rock Progressivo Italiano Team
4 stars The result of over forty years of working in the new-age, ambient and drone styles of electronic music, Steve Roach's July 2014 release `The Delicate Forever' is further proof of a genre artist at the top of his game still constantly evolving and perfecting his craft. Comprised of five lengthy pieces and running almost 75 minutes, composed mostly on warmer analogue synths, it's full of restrained and gentle electronic meditations, languid darker atmospherics and a fragile unhurried lonely beauty. Perfectly balancing subtle and dynamic textures, there's also a surprisingly hallucinogenic quality throughout much of it as well.

The opening title track, truly the soundtrack for the chilly early A.M hours, is edited from a 74 minute longform electronic drone that was released as a limited edition CD recently entitled `The Delicate Beyond', worked into a more digestible and compact form here - still running almost 25 minutes though! Newcomers to the genre may find this challenging opener repetitive and uneventful, but more seasoned electronic listeners will have the patience to quietly listen and contemplate this long hypnotic arrangement. Like the entire disc, this very minimal and subtle work is devoid of percussive elements or light beats altogether, and it flows over and around the listener as if one long exhaling breath, bringing serenity and a still comfort. A humming synth hum fades in and out into eternity, coming and going as if calling through the night. Each arrival brings it closer, offering reassurance, with playful electronic ripples weaving around it to bring a sense of new life.

The electronic washes now sustain during the more umtempo and energetic `The Well Spring', swirling around the background with a strident synth loop front and centre like crystalline tendrils bringing confidence and a sunnier warmth. It slowly takes on a lightly psychedelic soothing tone, reaching moments of almost delirious joy by the end. Haunting and disorientating electronic shambles spiral around `Where The Mysteries Sleep', bringing both confusion and wonderment with it's lethargic, dreamy drowsiness. The slightly imposing synths of fluid sound collage `Perfect Sky' take on a almost regal cascading church organ-like quality, as if you're lying on the surface of a grand ice crystal cathedral watching the sun rise and stream through the stain-glass windows above, where time and reality holds no meaning and mere minutes seemingly blur into forever. Gloomy ominous synths groan away during album closer `Hear-After', with only slight reassuring accepting tones to offer comfort from the loneliness.

An artist responsible for dozens of albums as both a solo artist and in collaboration with others, Steve Roach is equally at home with melodic, easier listening music and more experimental, less immediate works like this one. The five compositions here need to be endlessly listened to over and over to gain the most satisfying results, and it is a masterwork of contemplative, unsettling yet ultimately rewarding electronic music. `The Delicate Forever' is a challenging, thought-provoking and occasionally bewildering achievement from one of the masters of the new-age and ambient genres, and it's one of the best electronic releases of 2014.

Four stars.

Review by admireArt
5 stars Another 5 star album!

When Steve Roach means business he goes for all the marbles. What the aftermath of the famous "cosmic" music school sounds like, not the way it should have sounded, this is for real.

In his creative peak which we prog-electronic audiophiles can witness with privilege, "The Delicate Forever", another 2014 release, sets Steve Roach to dwell into his short timed songwriting as opposed to his hour long pieces. This method seems to give Mr, Roach the urgency to compress his musical ideas and therefore clarify them to the point of perfection.

This album is flawless, completely original in its songwriting, its concept and results. It could easily be a match to his last year's masterpiece "Spiral Meditations".

As mentioned, "The Berlin electronic music schoo" will surely have prided on this late bloomer, he not only follows the unwritten protocols of that styling, he again brings to the table the future ones. Let TD rot in their laurels, Steve Roach is here and ready to set that school on fire again and again!

A masterpiece what else can you expect!

*****5 "flawless, original, daring" PA stars. Or as Peter Hammill sings "I want the future NOW!", and I will add, this is sheer proof of that!

Review by Dobermensch
4 stars In a world of make believe this is the way 'Tangerine Dream' would have sounded in 2014 if they'd stuck to their Berlin Electronics school of music. This sounds like the logical outcome, forty years later.

'The Delicate Forever' is a slowly sweeping drone album full of slowly changing quiet keyboard chords. It's all very plaintive and melancholic and sounds like the kind of album you'd want to play at the top of a mountain in mid-summer. The title track has stark resemblances to 'Stars of the Lid' with their excellent release 'The Tired Sounds of...'

Subtle electronic sequences surprisingly come to the fore on 'The Well Spring' which, while not being uplifting, certainly pumps a bit of life into proceedings.

Steve Roach, as usual, has a particular sound and vibe all of his own - where despite the minimalist approach the listener will instantly recognise his trademark ethereal stamp. Considering the bloke's been recording for so long, it's great to see that he refuses to play by anyone else's rules and that he's still so single minded in execution and technique. There are no external influences at all.

There's a definite purity in his recordings which I find highly commendable in this day and age. I used to prefer the music of stable-mate 'Robert Rich' but of late Steve Roach has become more consistent in the quality of his releases.

'The Delicate Forever' has a feel, that if you took a hammer and chisel and tapped at it lightly, the whole thing would fall to pieces like shattered glass.

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