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Progressive Electronic • United States


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Born 1955-02-16 (La Mesa, California, USA)

Leader and pioneering figure of the L.A Sacred space music movement. Steve Roach made a name in the 1980 with the release of outstanding lysergic-binaural musical experiences dominated by synth analog chords, sustained by magnificent spiritual-epiphanic cosmic grooves. His music sometimes reveals an ethno-ritual and acoustic instrumentation and tranced-out rhythms. Structures from Silence (Fortuna, 1984), Dreamtime Return (Fortuna, 1988) are considered to be his finest. He released a handful of collaborative works with many notorious artists such as Michael Stearns, Robert Rich, Vidna Obmana...). Steve Roach's music is a strong inspiration on a new generation of musicians and bands such as Oophoi, Matthias Grassow, Alio Die, Jeff Pearce (...)

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Immersion: TwoImmersion: Two
Projekt 2007
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Mystic Chords & Sacred Spaces 2Mystic Chords & Sacred Spaces 2
Projekt Records 2010
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Quiet Music: The Original 3-Hour CollectionQuiet Music: The Original 3-Hour Collection
Projekt Records 2011
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Origins by Steve RoachOrigins by Steve Roach
Fortuna Records
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Shadow of TimeShadow of Time
Projekt Records 2016
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Molecules Of MotionMolecules Of Motion
Projekt Records 2018
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Projekt Records 2007
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Projekt Records 2002
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STEVE ROACH discography


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STEVE ROACH top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.95 | 3 ratings
Now
1982
3.00 | 1 ratings
Traveler
1983
3.53 | 15 ratings
Structures From Silence
1984
3.33 | 6 ratings
Quiet Music 1
1986
3.67 | 3 ratings
Empetus
1986
4.00 | 1 ratings
Quiet Music 2
1986
4.00 | 1 ratings
Quiet Music 3
1986
4.00 | 1 ratings
Western Spaces
1987
4.00 | 2 ratings
The Leaving Time
1988
3.38 | 18 ratings
Dreamtime Return
1988
4.00 | 1 ratings
Desert Solitaire
1989
4.33 | 3 ratings
Strata
1990
3.00 | 2 ratings
Australia: Sound of the Earth
1990
5.00 | 1 ratings
Forgotten Gods ( as Suspended Memories)
1992
4.50 | 2 ratings
Soma (with Robert Rich)
1992
3.57 | 7 ratings
World's Edge
1992
3.50 | 4 ratings
Origins
1993
3.80 | 5 ratings
The Dream Circle
1994
3.80 | 5 ratings
Artifacts
1994
5.00 | 1 ratings
Earth Island (as Suspended Memories)
1994
4.00 | 2 ratings
Well of Souls
1995
5.00 | 1 ratings
Kiva
1995
4.00 | 1 ratings
Halcyon Days
1996
4.07 | 8 ratings
The Magnificent Void
1996
4.00 | 2 ratings
On This Planet
1997
4.00 | 2 ratings
Cavern of Sirens
1997
5.00 | 1 ratings
Dust to Dust
1998
4.00 | 2 ratings
Slow Heat
1998
4.00 | 2 ratings
Body Electric
1999
4.50 | 2 ratings
Ascension of Shadows - Meditations for the Millennium
1999
0.00 | 0 ratings
Light Fantastic
1999
0.00 | 0 ratings
Atmospheric Conditions
1999
3.86 | 3 ratings
Midnight Moon
2000
4.00 | 1 ratings
Vine ~ Bark & Spore
2000
0.00 | 0 ratings
Circles & Artifacts
2000
4.00 | 2 ratings
The Serpent's Lair
2000
4.00 | 2 ratings
Blood Machine
2001
4.50 | 4 ratings
Core
2001
4.50 | 2 ratings
Early Man
2001
4.47 | 13 ratings
Trance Spirits
2002
4.00 | 8 ratings
Darkest Before Dawn
2002
0.00 | 0 ratings
InnerZone
2002
0.00 | 0 ratings
Streams & Currents
2002
4.50 | 2 ratings
Mystic Chords & Sacred Spaces (Part 1)
2003
4.50 | 2 ratings
Mystic Chords & Sacred Spaces (Part 2)
2003
5.00 | 1 ratings
Life Sequence
2003
3.50 | 2 ratings
Holding the Space: Fever Dreams II
2004
4.00 | 2 ratings
Spirit Dome
2004
3.00 | 2 ratings
Mantram
2004
5.00 | 1 ratings
Fever Dreams
2004
0.00 | 0 ratings
Somewhere Else
2005
4.00 | 1 ratings
Possible Planet
2005
0.00 | 0 ratings
New Life Dreaming
2005
3.67 | 3 ratings
New Life Dreaming
2005
4.00 | 1 ratings
Immersion : One
2006
4.00 | 1 ratings
Immersion : Two
2006
0.00 | 0 ratings
Terraform
2006
0.00 | 0 ratings
Proof Positive
2006
0.00 | 0 ratings
Fever Dreams III
2007
4.00 | 1 ratings
Immersion : Three
2007
0.00 | 0 ratings
Nada Terma
2008
4.00 | 4 ratings
Arc of Passion
2008
4.51 | 7 ratings
A Deeper Silence
2008
4.00 | 1 ratings
Immersion : Four
2009
0.00 | 0 ratings
Stream of Thought
2009
4.67 | 3 ratings
Dynamic Stillness
2009
0.00 | 0 ratings
Afterlight
2009
0.00 | 0 ratings
Destination Beyond
2009
5.00 | 1 ratings
Nightbloom
2010
5.00 | 1 ratings
Dream Tracker
2010
4.00 | 2 ratings
Sigh of Ages
2010
4.50 | 2 ratings
Immersion Five - Circadian Rhythms
2011
5.00 | 2 ratings
The Road Eternal
2011
4.00 | 1 ratings
The Desert Inbetween
2011
4.00 | 1 ratings
Low Volume Music
2012
4.50 | 2 ratings
Soul Tones
2012
3.67 | 3 ratings
Back to Life
2012
4.20 | 5 ratings
GROOVE IMMERSION
2012
5.00 | 1 ratings
Tales from the Ultra Tribe
2012
5.00 | 3 ratings
Spiral Meditations
2013
4.05 | 3 ratings
FUTURE FLOWS
2013
4.00 | 2 ratings
The Long Night (with Kelly David)
2014
4.29 | 9 ratings
The Delicate Forever
2014
4.00 | 5 ratings
The Delicate Beyond
2014
3.93 | 7 ratings
Bloodmoon Rising
2014
3.91 | 4 ratings
The Ancestor Circle (with Jorge Reyes)
2014
4.00 | 1 ratings
Bloodmoon Rising - Night 2
2014
4.00 | 3 ratings
Monuments of Ecstasy (with Byron Metcalf, Rob Thomas)
2015
3.09 | 4 ratings
Bloodmoon Rising - Night 3
2015
3.04 | 5 ratings
Skeleton Keys
2015
4.00 | 3 ratings
Etheric Imprints
2015
3.98 | 4 ratings
Bloodmoon Rising - Night 4
2015
3.50 | 4 ratings
Vortex Immersion Zone
2015
4.00 | 3 ratings
Emotions Revealed
2015
3.68 | 6 ratings
Invisible
2015
4.00 | 1 ratings
The Skeleton Collection 2005-2015
2015
3.95 | 2 ratings
Biosonic (Steve Roach & Robert Logan)
2016
3.98 | 4 ratings
Second Nature (Steve Roach & Robert Logan)
2016
2.67 | 3 ratings
This Place To Be
2016
4.19 | 17 ratings
Shadow of Time
2016
3.05 | 3 ratings
Fade To Gray
2016
4.33 | 10 ratings
Spiral Revelation
2016
4.00 | 2 ratings
Painting In The Dark
2016
3.98 | 3 ratings
THE PASSING
2017
0.00 | 0 ratings
Nostalgia for the Future
2017
4.00 | 2 ratings
Long Thoughts
2017
4.00 | 1 ratings
Ecplise Mix
2017
4.00 | 8 ratings
Molecules of Motion
2018

STEVE ROACH Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.00 | 4 ratings
Stormwarning
1989
3.00 | 1 ratings
Live Archive
2000
4.00 | 2 ratings
All Is Now - Live 2002
2002
5.00 | 1 ratings
Storm Surge: Steve Roach Live at NEARfest
2006
4.00 | 1 ratings
Ultra Immersion Concert
2007
4.00 | 5 ratings
Landmass
2008
3.50 | 4 ratings
Steve Roach - Live at Grace Cathedral (2010)
2010
4.50 | 2 ratings
Journey of One
2011
4.00 | 1 ratings
Live at SoundQuest Fest
2011
4.00 | 1 ratings
Live Transmission
2013
0.00 | 0 ratings
At The Edge Of Everything
2013
4.50 | 2 ratings
Alive In The Vortex
2015
4.95 | 3 ratings
Live in Tucson: Pinnacle Moments
2016
5.00 | 1 ratings
Return to the Dreamtime
2018
5.00 | 4 ratings
Electron Birth
2018

STEVE ROACH Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

0.00 | 0 ratings
Structures from Silence
1987
0.00 | 0 ratings
Space Dreaming
1987
0.00 | 0 ratings
Earth Dreaming
1989
0.00 | 0 ratings
Into the Soundcurrent
1997
0.00 | 0 ratings
The Electric Body
1999
0.00 | 0 ratings
Time of the Earth
2001
0.00 | 0 ratings
Kairos: The Meeting of Time and Destiny
2006

STEVE ROACH Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.00 | 1 ratings
Quiet Music
1988
3.00 | 1 ratings
Now / Traveler
1992
0.00 | 0 ratings
The Lost Pieces
1993
0.00 | 0 ratings
Back to the Roots
1997
0.00 | 0 ratings
Dreaming... Now, Then: A Retrospective 1982-1997
1998
0.00 | 0 ratings
Truth & Beauty
1999
0.00 | 0 ratings
Pure Flow: Timeroom Editions Collection 1
2001
0.00 | 0 ratings
Day Out of Time
2002
0.00 | 0 ratings
Space and Time: an Introduction to the Soundworlds of Steve Roach
2003
0.00 | 0 ratings
Texture Maps
2003
4.50 | 2 ratings
Mystic Chords & Sacred Spaces
2003
0.00 | 0 ratings
Places Beyond: The Lost Pieces 4
2004
0.00 | 0 ratings
The Dreamtime Box
2005
3.00 | 1 ratings
2009 Box Set
2009
0.00 | 0 ratings
Spirit Dome - Live Archive
2009
4.00 | 1 ratings
Quiet Music: The Original 3-Hour Collection
2011
0.00 | 0 ratings
Sounds from the Inbetween
2011
3.00 | 1 ratings
2012 Box Set
2012
0.00 | 0 ratings
Rasa Dance - The Music of Connection
2013
3.96 | 6 ratings
The Desert Collection - Volume One
2014
4.71 | 5 ratings
Structures From Silence (30th Anniversary Remastered Edition)
2014
3.00 | 1 ratings
Now
2015
4.00 | 2 ratings
Bloodmoon Rising (Complete 5-Hour Collection)
2015
4.00 | 1 ratings
The Early Years (rarities from the Empetus era)
2017

STEVE ROACH Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

4.00 | 1 ratings
The Dreamer Descends...
1995
0.00 | 0 ratings
Live in Tucson 2000
2013
0.00 | 0 ratings
Today
2013
4.00 | 2 ratings
Light Of Sundays
2013
4.00 | 2 ratings
Skeleton - Spiral Passage (Extended Version - Live In Tucson 02-14-15)
2015

STEVE ROACH Reviews


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 Molecules of Motion by ROACH, STEVE album cover Studio Album, 2018
4.00 | 8 ratings

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Molecules of Motion
Steve Roach Progressive Electronic

Review by BrufordFreak
Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars With Molecules of Motion master of electronic music Steve Roach has produced one of his most delightful and surprisingly refreshing albums in some time.

1. "Molecules of Motion" (24:22) If some of Stefano Musso's or Laraaji's zither tracks were sped up and set within some Berlin School electronic sequences, this is what you might get. Definitely a modern computer take on the Berlin School art of sequencing. (8.5/10)

2. "Grace Meditation" (23:40) my favorite song on the album and the one that got me to buy it. The multiple octave lower register synth sequence is just awesome--especially for the genius fact that it's mixed in the foreground while the spacey synths are in the background. There are also several awesome "key changes" throughout the song that keep it interesting, make you think and observe different elements of the sequence. Absolutely brilliant! Even the excessively long fade is okay by me. This is what Progressive Electronic and modern Berlin School music should be sounding like. (10/10)

3. "Phase Reverie" (10:11) bouncy, quirky, yet still hypnotic and beautiful. (9/10)

4. "Empath Current" (15:03) fro the first nine and a half minutes there is a constant flow of nice spacey slow-attack and slow-decaying synth wash notes and chords lilting gently in the middle while beneath it plays a multi-track sequence of rhythmic staccato computerblipping, with the the tracks purposely out of synch with one another. Interesting. I'm not sure it works for me. During the final five minutes, the rhythm track has been faded out and is absent allowing the spacey synth to float us around until it, too, eventually fades away. (8.5/10)

4.5 stars; a near-masterpiece of progressive electronic music with one certifiable masterpiece of a prog epic!

 Midnight Moon by ROACH, STEVE album cover Studio Album, 2000
3.86 | 3 ratings

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Midnight Moon
Steve Roach Progressive Electronic

Review by Dobermensch
Prog Reviewer

4 stars This one's like being drawn up to heaven in slow motion after being blown to pieces in Verdun 1916.

If you're familiar with Steve Roach you'll know what I mean. For those who don't, Steve Roach uses no drums, bass or vocals. What you're gifted with here are droning time-tunnel swathes of sound and slowly evolving electronic chords of melancholia. The kind of music you'd expect to hear after dying as your hand reaches out to God, like that Michelangelo painting depicting the creation of Adam in the Sistine Chapel.

It's all very quiet and subdued with an eerie, atmospheric sound. Similarities may be found with parts of Brian Eno's 1982 "On Land - Ambient 4" recording.

Some listeners may find this miserable. I find it life affirming and colourful.

You get the usual Steve Roach massive reverb and decay, from each note played on his unworldly guitar and seemingly vast array of keyboard effects.

'Midnight Moon' becomes increasingly darkly hypnotic the longer it progresses, with huge filters and electronic gadgets being utilised . This is so much better than the spacial Aboriginal percussive recordings he made during the previous years. Beat-less is better in this case.

A semblance of tune rears its head in "Broken Town". This sounds like the remaining tracks, a Post-Apocalyptic nightmare where all human civilisation has suddenly ground to a standstill. The total and utter silence of human intervention. Yes folks... it really is that grim, but in a beautiful way.

"Midnight Moon" is either funereal or meditational, depending on your state of mind and is yet another excellent huge slab of Ambient Prog from Mr Roach.

 Electron Birth by ROACH, STEVE album cover Live, 2018
5.00 | 4 ratings

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Electron Birth
Steve Roach Progressive Electronic

Review by Aussie-Byrd-Brother
Special Collaborator Rock Progressivo Italiano Team

5 stars The number of studio albums from American progressive-electronic/ambient icon Steve Roach may vastly outnumber his live discs, but when those ones do show up, the results are always electrifying and particularly special! Roach performed a handful of live concerts in Tucson earlier in the year that this disc is taken from, and along with the `Return to the Dreamtime' double set released alongside it, `Electron Birth' sees the master composer deliver a thrilling and energetic performance teeming with life that completely captures the evocative imagery hinted at in the title.

`Electron Birth' runs just shy of fifty-five minutes, and while it opens with lulling electronic caresses, within seconds looping and ringing pulses are infiltrating the piece, and it only races fervently ahead from there. As it progresses, it picks up a heavier dynamic energy, bombarded with an unceasing and relentless array of varying skittering and jangling sequencer beats, subtly diverting into sly variations and low-key direction changes without losing momentum for even a second, and its backdrop slinks and dazzles as strident sweeping themes slowly permeate with dramatic purpose. Many early stretches call to mind `Ricochet'-era Tangerine Dream just given a modern approach, and the lengthy piece truly revels in the initial Berlin School/German electronic masters inspiration of Steve's earlier works, but it always remains instantly recognisable as pure Roach and comes from the same mindset as his recent studio albums `Skeleton Keys, `Spiral Revelation' and `Molecules of Momentum'.

A shorter studio-created `Cloud Currents' is then seamlessly integrated into the performance and strips things back for a purer ambient closer of drowsy and surreal crystalline washes that lap at the listeners' senses, but still retains haunting drifting moods and the most subtle of darker stormy textures.

Prog-electronic listeners (and especially fans of the above mentioned seminal Seventies years of the German electronic masters) perhaps unsure of where to start in Roach's admittedly intimidating back catalogue of endless titles would find `Electron Birth' the perfect introduction. By embracing the Berlin School sound of old without ever sounding like mere rehash or lacking originality, and avoiding the beatless drones of much of his last two decades that some less patient listeners struggle with, Steve has crafted an inviting and instantly approachable performance that doesn't skimp on his usual intelligence and humanity.

`Electron Birth' is Steve Roach looking to the past for a renewed purpose of ever-seeking new directions to pave the path to the future, and another sublime example of a master electronic musician at the top of his game and more inspired than ever despite a career of over forty years to date.

Five stars.

 Molecules of Motion by ROACH, STEVE album cover Studio Album, 2018
4.00 | 8 ratings

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Molecules of Motion
Steve Roach Progressive Electronic

Review by Aussie-Byrd-Brother
Special Collaborator Rock Progressivo Italiano Team

4 stars There's no shortage of recent albums from American modern electronic/ambient icon Steve Roach that offer drifting drones of impossibly subtle touches, but here the atmospheric master offers up one of his spaciest and most urgent works in some time, 2018's `Molecules of Motion'. Roach infuses his lulling, meditative synth washes with unceasing yet elegantly implemented rhythmic touches, making it not only one of his most colourful, exciting and actually quite accessible performances of the last couple of years, but one teeming with life and full of all the movement at its core that the album title promises.

The opening title track `Molecules of Motion' and `Grace Meditation' (both running around twenty-four minutes each) set much of a template for the entire disc. Carefully unfolding synth veils float and weave around jangling sequenced patterns, gurgling electronic distortions and seductive enveloping ambient shrouds, with the latter piece being the lightly more coolly soothing of the two. Full of mystery, expansive aural presence and the slightest hints of recurring little melodic touches rising and retreating back and forth, they even surge into brief ringing darker edges and mind-expanding contemplations. `Phase Reverie' holds graceful and gently lethargic synth caresses to lull the listener into a drowsy dream state, and closer `Empath Current' dances with ringing sequencer programming over placid ambient pools, achieving a perfect unison of carefully frantic and sparsely laid-back before a ruminative come-down in the final minutes.

Despite a vast back-catalogue of studio albums, collaborations, live performances and archival releases, it can be extremely daunting for both newcomers and more restrained collectors of Roach to know which works to approach, but `Molecules of Motion' makes for ideal next choice to look into for many reasons. It's far removed from his more challenging droning works, the constant rhythmic elements mean it's full of liveliness and movement, and it even delicately reminds of German Berlin School originator Klaus Schulze's deep-space atmospheres anchored by driving programming in many spots.

`Molecules of Motion' is truly one of the most thrilling and defining works from Roach that can rank among his best releases, from an artist that always puts out intelligent and thoughtful works that have never unashamedly attempted to ever be commercial, and prog-electronic fans are going to find endless things to love about this one.

Four and a half stars.

 Long Thoughts by ROACH, STEVE album cover Studio Album, 2017
4.00 | 2 ratings

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Long Thoughts
Steve Roach Progressive Electronic

Review by Aussie-Byrd-Brother
Special Collaborator Rock Progressivo Italiano Team

4 stars Defining American prog-electronic/ambient artist Steve Roach returns at the half-way point of 2017 with `Long Thoughts', another of those slowly unwinding, ever-evolving, lightly psychedelic sound-collages that this master of the genres often delivers with impeccable precision and subtle taste. More along the lines of Roach's `Immersion' series of releases, his recent `Fade to Grey' work or his four-volume `Bloodmoon Rising' set, `Long Thoughts' is a lengthy single continuous electronic aural canvas that weaves a hypnotic spell and concocts a distinctly mesmerizing atmosphere where time seems to blur and stretch on forever.

With no obvious themes or percussive elements appearing throughout this seventy-three minute piece, `Long Thoughts' lurches to life as a drowsy and dream-like surreal electronic ambient soundtrack. An unceasing lulling drone at its core, eerie and lightly stormy thrumming reverberations are rippled with ringing crystalline shimmers and churning electronic caresses. Some moments take on an icy coolness, others a gentler lulling embrace, but all culminate in drifting pools of serenity and mystery, where the most minute of transitions happen so seamlessly they're intangible.

Those after a modern Roach release with more melodic and rhythmic qualities a little closer to a firmer prog-electronic sound should perhaps head to `Skeleton Keys', `Spiral Revelations' or his Robert Logan collaboration `Biosonic' first, alternatively those wanting a more approachable or varied example of the purer ambient styles he works in frequently these days might prefer recent discs like `Painting in the Dark' or `Nostalgia for the Future', released directly alongside this one.

But if you're a fan of Mr Roach's subtle and sedate long-form works, `Long Thoughts' is undiluted, pure ambient music that still holds weight and quiet intelligence, and it will prove to be a great reward for the most patient of listeners, a piece that reminds us to step back and slow down in this busy fast-paced blur of a time we live in.

Three stars for casual listeners, four stars for experienced ambient/electronic fans.

 THE PASSING by ROACH, STEVE album cover Studio Album, 2017
3.98 | 3 ratings

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THE PASSING
Steve Roach Progressive Electronic

Review by admireArt
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Dynamic stillness.

I will be the first one to distrust serial simultaneous releases, by any musician, even more, when they sum up to 3 or 4 or 5...but Steve Roach, for starters, is quiet a surprising musician/magician.

"The Passing", 2017, a one track, a bit short of an hour long composition, is simply enticing, hypnotic and extremely well crafted.

The permanent flow of its ethereal, but solid, minimalistic elements depicts a dynamic stillness which is not necessarily placid, as one may assume, when the word dream appears in a sentence.

No pulse driven sections nor deeply disturbing nightmarish symphonic like passages, the long melodic structures are linear and expansive the same as vaporous and delineated and they subtly emanate a detached nostagia which permeates the gliding atmospheres, adding up for a very personal human touch which connects anyone with its passing.

**** 4.5 PA stars.

 Painting In The Dark by ROACH, STEVE album cover Studio Album, 2016
4.00 | 2 ratings

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Painting In The Dark
Steve Roach Progressive Electronic

Review by Aussie-Byrd-Brother
Special Collaborator Rock Progressivo Italiano Team

4 stars In addition to the sublime `Shadow of Time', a pair of very different collaborations with upcoming electronic musician Robert Logan and a stunning archival live release `Pinnacle Moments', progressive electronic/ambient icon Steve Roach closed out 2016 with no less than three complete brand-new studio works, all offering glimpses of very different aspects of the artist's personality, genre bending and constantly exploring musical mind. Of the three, `Spiral Revelation' is rhythmic and lively and `Fade to Gray' a long-form moody drone, but this one, `Painting in the Dark' is a lightly psychedelic pure ambient work that carefully moves between dark and light. Frequently full of caressing movements and a lulling dream-like state, it also shifts into stark clouds of unease, but every time, the dark is ultimately consumed by embracing and hopeful light.

Opener `Threshold' undulates with serene lulls slowly pattered with a rain of magical rejuvenating glistenings, `I See Now' is a drowsy cavernous drawl with maddening ringing slivers and `Painting at the Edge' sweeps with a lightly cinematic dramatic elegance. The shorter `Orbit of Memory' offers emerging hope and sighing contentment, `Rapt in Moonlight' is teeming with life from rushing fluid soothing embraces, and `Phosphene View' is a shimmering, hallucinogenic closer that fizzes with a crystalline ethereal dreaminess.

`Painting in the Dark' perhaps presents Mr Roach at a good half way point. It lacks the more extreme unceasing free-form drones of his darker challenging works that can be difficult or unengaging for some ambient listeners, but it still holds plenty of long-form subtle unhurried drifts without employing any rhythmic elements or anything in the way of obvious themes (if you'd prefer those, look into the above mentioned `Spiral Revelation', which would be ideal for newcomers). This one likely won't win over too many new fans or change the minds of those who think Roach releases too many works in very similar styles, but established Roach followers will find plenty to appreciate here, and this intelligent, colourful and thoughtful work will prove a great reward for patient listeners.

Four stars.

 THE PASSING by ROACH, STEVE album cover Studio Album, 2017
3.98 | 3 ratings

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THE PASSING
Steve Roach Progressive Electronic

Review by Aussie-Byrd-Brother
Special Collaborator Rock Progressivo Italiano Team

4 stars It's hard to comprehend, but American ambient/progressive-electronic icon Steve Roach has released four discs within the last eight weeks - three (`Fade to Gray', `Painting in the Dark' and `Spiral Revelation') literally on New Year's Eve of 2016, and now `The Passing', his first studio work of 2017. The fruits of an inspired five-day recording session leading up to his birthday on February 16th, Mr Roach felt an immediate release - available right now on digital download, with a CD version to come in mid-March - was necessary to truly capture that spontaneity and rush of inspiration of its origins, and an introspective and vivid pure ambient work full of swirling movement it is.

A single fifty-nine minute piece, `The Passing' has Roach presenting understated recurring musical themes in much the same manner as the title track off his sublime `Shadow of Time' album from 2016, which won't be instantly noticeable, but will unexpectedly reveal themselves on repeated quiet listens. He sedately employs delicate washing synth caresses over softly humming drones and pristine fluid sound collages, introducing and removing fizzy textures, ebbing and flowing aural veils and glistening magical waves over and over. Low-key more starkly dramatic and emotionally confronting darker qualities attempt to take hold from the background throughout but are always quickly defeated by coolly victorious and reassuring tones.

If you're a newcomer to Mr Roach's music and want to sample one of his purer ambient long-form pieces that don't feature any beats or rhythmic elements but don't have the patience for his challenging darker drone works, then `The Passing' is ideal, and it is full of constant movement that holds lighter and more embracing qualities. It likely won't convince those who believe Mr Roach repeats himself or releases too many albums, and perhaps it doesn't hold too many surprises, but taken on its own merits, the piece is completely immersive and deeply atmospheric, and it's still so satisfying that Roach refuses to deliver anything even remotely commercial or instantly obvious.

Four stars.

 Painting In The Dark by ROACH, STEVE album cover Studio Album, 2016
4.00 | 2 ratings

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Painting In The Dark
Steve Roach Progressive Electronic

Review by admireArt
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Steve Roach's "Painting in the Dark", the third late 2016 release, is slow paced intense as to demand full attention and time for it to flourish entirely to its avid listeners. Nevertheless what one encounters in its shimmering and mysterious long corridors keeps the attention span hooked by its creative flow and perfectly threaded transitions on each track (there are six) and between each other, which makes the whole experience both micro and macro conceptual.

There is a subtle and unusual encounter in some sections, composition wise, with contemporary classical music structures transposed to his own electronic music language of course, yet analog strings are present here and there as to make a clear statement of his inner drive and intention in those sections.

It is quiet amusing to mention that the impersonal, detached and somewhat unfriendly moods of this deep ride are probably its best attribute as they place the listener in unexplored cosmic territories in which common human emotions are no longer common thus enhancing its intriguing alien nature and its unorthodox and uncompromising beauty.

****4 PA stars.

 Spiral Revelation by ROACH, STEVE album cover Studio Album, 2016
4.33 | 10 ratings

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Spiral Revelation
Steve Roach Progressive Electronic

Review by admireArt
Prog Reviewer

5 stars Cool, attractive and tactically low keyed, but nevertheless totally creative cosmic-pulse driven electronics, coming from an always daring as prolific musician like Steve Roach is good news from any progressive electronic angle one can look into.

When this kind of sophistication occurs, everything turns to the basic premise of music composition. How well can you write enticing, deep and personal melody lines, which no matter when or how presented should trascend their natural state of sound to become tri-dimensional entities as real as our apparently solid flesh and bones? And of course be unique in doing so. Small feat!

"Spiral Revelation" released at the end of 2016 kind of makes up for a year of very few really surprising prog/electronic releases and does so with a bang!

*****5 "FULL" PA stars.

When the word "SPIRAL" appears in any of Steve Roach's albums, something is really cooking!

Thanks to Philippe Blache for the artist addition. and to Quinino for the last updates

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