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Studio Album, released in 2015

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Etheric Imprints (29:41)
2. Indigo Shift (12:07)
3. Holding Light (17:15)
4. The Way Forward (14:48)

Total time 73:51

Line-up / Musicians

- Steve Roach / electronic, ambient, atmospheric

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Released 12 July 2015

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Review by admireArt
4 stars Slow paced electronics for slow paced times.

Steve Roach's "Etheric Imprints", 2015, displays in its 4 tracks, the more dark/ambiental structures of his past 2000-2008 works.

Etheric Imprints, its first track, reminds me of Eno's slow paced piano works. The thrill actually relies on the distant back structure which conveys all the reverb of its harmonics at the time it constructs its own and free- flowing melody line. Like listening to two entirely different tracks simultaneously at close and far range. There it lies its true beauty.

Indigo Shift, track 2, inverses the roles and the back structure comes forward displaying its mysterious dark mood, more in tune with Roach's obscure/abstract environments, with an added energy of subtle cacophonies that turn this restless piece towards the early cosmic music stylings in a very refined manner.

Holding Light, the third piece, builds itself upwards with sheer, even dramatic, string like chords, alongside a slow circling electronic tunnel that moves backwards. The contrast of opposing sounds adds for the deepness and urgency that ties the whole piece.

Track 4, The Way Forward, rises from the remnants of the previous piece and acts as a nostalgic closure, to a rather personal and emotional musical journey. Its solitary melody line flows through some of the hidden background highlights of its elder sisters to a perfect ending.

****4 PA stars.

Review by Aussie-Byrd-Brother
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Rock Progressivo Italiano Team
4 stars 2015 has delivered several releases in a range of different ambient styles from pioneering electronic composer Steve Roach, and his latest for the year, `Etheric Imprints', is the most satisfying of all, a deeply immersive work from a master of the genre. Whereas `Monuments of Ecstasy' (his collaboration with Byron Metcalf and Rob Thomas) presented an ancient/modern/futuristic take on tribal atmospheres, `Invisible' and the latest `Bloodmoon' volume offered subtle earthy drones and `Skeleton Keys' diverted back into analogue/sequencer patterns, `Etheric Imprints' is a sparse, unhurried and hypnotic instrumental soundworld that drifts to a place where time holds no meaning. There's a delicately honed sense of stillness and only the most subtle of movement to this exquisite work of deep reflection, fluid ambience and shifting sensations.

The thirty minute title track is an opening drift of echoing processed electric piano that is sombre and softly brooding, yet achingly beautiful as darker music so often is. Revealing the most subtle of black and white cinematic whispers, each piano note expands like a ghostly tip-toe or a pinprick drop of rain on a lake, with only fleeting moments taking tantalising teasing steps towards hope and light. Electronic ripples throughout `Indigo Shift' are hesitant and unsure, disorientating and psychedelic, and the breathless roaring rising and falling drone that quickly enters is unexpected and even just a little maddening.

By comparison, `Holding Light' is almost a respite, an enveloping and gently sweeping glide of electronic flutters and glistening whirring spacey shivers that almost harkens back to the cocooning embrace of Roach's `Structures from Silence', just a touch darker. `The Way Forward' closes with shimmering siren call-like electronic caresses sweeping with a resigned acceptance and contentment, where little moments briefly call to mind Rick Wright's sorrowful and aching keyboards on Pink Floyd's `Shine On, You Crazy Diamond' and then vanish in an instant.

It's in these slowly evolving, ever-shifting ambient compositions where Roach is the most inspired these days. Despite the accusations of repetition from more ignorant listeners, each work from the artist reveals refined distinctive qualities that only the most patient of progressive electronic and ambient devotees will discover, but their perseverance will be rewarded with an elegant and ethereal work where you can spend a lifetime unearthing its many secrets. Challenging, thoughtful and even confronting, `Etheric Imprints' is a haunting and affecting soundtrack that makes for Roach's most carefully considered, satisfying and inspired release since `The Delicate Forever'.

Four stars.

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