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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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Dreamtime ReturnDreamtime Return
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Projekt Records 2005
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Projekt Records 2016
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Quiet Music: The Original 3-Hour CollectionQuiet Music: The Original 3-Hour Collection
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Projekt Records 2001
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4.00 | 1 ratings
Now
1982
3.37 | 8 ratings
Structures From Silence
1984
3.25 | 4 ratings
Quiet Music 1
1986
3.26 | 12 ratings
Dreamtime Return
1988
3.20 | 5 ratings
World's Edge
1992
3.33 | 3 ratings
Origins
1993
3.33 | 3 ratings
The Dream Circle
1994
3.50 | 4 ratings
Artifacts
1994
4.04 | 6 ratings
The Magnificent Void
1996
4.95 | 2 ratings
Trance Spirits
2002
4.00 | 3 ratings
Darkest Before Dawn
2002
3.50 | 2 ratings
New Life Dreaming
2005
4.00 | 2 ratings
Arc of Passion
2008
4.49 | 3 ratings
A Deeper Silence
2008
4.00 | 1 ratings
Sigh of Ages
2010
3.50 | 2 ratings
Soul Tones
2012
3.50 | 2 ratings
Back to Life
2012
4.00 | 3 ratings
GROOVE IMMERSION
2012
5.00 | 1 ratings
Spiral Meditations
2013
4.00 | 2 ratings
FUTURE FLOWS
2013
4.00 | 1 ratings
The Long Night (with Kelly David)
2014
4.27 | 8 ratings
The Delicate Forever
2014
4.00 | 4 ratings
The Delicate Beyond
2014
3.93 | 5 ratings
Bloodmoon Rising
2014
3.91 | 3 ratings
The Ancestor Circle (with Jorge Reyes)
2014
3.91 | 3 ratings
Monuments of Ecstasy (with Byron Metcalf, Rob Thomas)
2015
3.00 | 3 ratings
Bloodmoon Rising - Night 3
2015
3.00 | 5 ratings
Skeleton Keys
2015
3.93 | 5 ratings
Etheric Imprints
2015
3.98 | 3 ratings
Bloodmoon Rising - Night 4
2015
3.00 | 2 ratings
Vortex Immersion Zone
2015
4.00 | 2 ratings
Emotions Revealed
2015
3.40 | 5 ratings
Invisible
2015

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

3.50 | 2 ratings
Stormwarning
1989
4.00 | 3 ratings
Landmass
2008
4.00 | 1 ratings
Steve Roach - Live at Grace Cathedral (2010)
2010
5.00 | 1 ratings
Live in Tucson: Pinnacle Moments
2016

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3.92 | 5 ratings
The Desert Collection - Volume One
2014
4.74 | 4 ratings
Structures From Silence (30th Anniversary Remastered Edition)
2014

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

4.00 | 1 ratings
Light Of Sundays
2013

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 Live in Tucson: Pinnacle Moments by ROACH, STEVE album cover Live, 2016
5.00 | 1 ratings

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Live in Tucson: Pinnacle Moments
Steve Roach Progressive Electronic

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

— First review of this album —
5 stars In addition to numerous studio recordings every year nowadays, veteran progressive-electronic/ambient composer Steve Roach releases several live performances, both recent and archived, much to the delight of his devoted loyal followers who blind-buy every release without hearing a second of music from it, and to the intimidation and frustration of newcomers unsure of which titles to explore first! Recorded live at Tucson's Solar Culture Galactic Center (now THERE's a place to visit just based on the name alone!), `Pinnacle Moments: Live in Tucson 02-14-2015' collects five mostly-new instrumental pieces full of a flowing energy, a showcase of a master of the above mention genres delivering one of his most focused and approachable live concert releases to date.

The performance opens gently with the two-part `Desert Eternal', at first a work of pure ambience of soothing synth caresses, whispering ethereal siren cries, tiny patterings of beats slowly rising around weeping spectral and subtle guitar strains over field-recordings of nature at night, all sounding like one slowly exhaling breath. The second passage moves into a darker droning veils, almost cinematic as they equally balance reflection and confrontation, lifting in groaning harshness at its climax. `Endorphin Dreamtime' ascends out of the shadows into reassuring heavens, skittering beats bouncing around chilled-out synth breezes. Heady electronic drowsiness and liquid trickles wrap around the senses in `Going Gone', embracing the ancient world of old with looping tribal drums and wafting flute before morphing into a run of slinking twitchy beats and sly bass murmurs over glacial drones.

But it's the final two tracks that takes the performance to a whole other level. Initially sounding like a throwback to Roach's`Empetus' era, `Skeleton Passage' reveals itself to be relentless and addictive sequencer-driven meltdown, with waves of searing Mellotron-like washes weaving around the maddening beats, sounding like a lost Tangerine Dream piece from the defining Seventies period (prog fans, it also vaguely recalls the electronic/'Tron passages on Norwegian band Smell of Incense's `A Floral Treasury' off their `From the Gates of Deeper Slumber' psych stunner from 1997, but that's likely a complete coincidence). It seamlessly merges with the placid `Spiral Passage', undulating beats racing and slowing with expert precision behind the most beautifully joyful chiming loop before joining with the shadows to fade into eternity once more.

There is no doubt that Steve Roach constantly puts out a steady series of releases, and it can be quite confusing for potential new listeners to know which albums to choose from to begin with. `Pinnacle Moments' would be an ideal starting point, as although as a live performance it's still full of spontaneity and liveliness, the constant percussive elements that eventually show up give this soundwork a more accessible grounding, so it avoids the outright formless and more vague elements of many of his more challenging concerts. It's also the sort of performance that's easier to replay and revisit more often, working both as a sumptuous background listen or an exciting carefully evolving soundtrack to take up your full attention.

`Pinnacle Moments' is a first-rate immersive live document of a veteran progressive-electronic composer at the peak of his abilities effortlessly blending a variety of styles both old and new, whilst also sounding more relevant and vital than ever in our modern era, and even somewhat effortlessly cool at the same time.

Five stars for a perfect Steve Roach release.

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 Sigh of Ages by ROACH, STEVE album cover Studio Album, 2010
4.00 | 1 ratings

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Sigh of Ages
Steve Roach Progressive Electronic

Review by admireArt
Collaborator PSIKE Team

— First review of this album —
4 stars Poetic injustice

Steve Roach self discovered, UNCOMPROMISED, musical idiom is well known for its versatility and elasticity. His own quest has crossed many musical transmutations but his own imprint is also well stamped in all his releases.

An inherent sense of musical poetry could well describe this "Sigh of Ages", 2010.

Hard task to descipher this highly spiritual emotions produced by such an extraordinary musical composition display, that moves along in all its 6 tracks.

Therefore allow me to explain why this work rates so high in my Steve Roach collection. For starters Mr. Roach is one of the few prog musicians, who is able to achieve sweetness without never, NEVER, becoming cheesy, really not by chance. His ability relies on contrasts which counterpoint the emotional parts with the cerebral ones, thus intelligent music has no battle with heartfelt one.

Next to that, his keen sense for symphonic but unpretentious greatness, allows him to play in his own field of action, giving him the unique freedom to twist and turn it as he wishes, without pretending to sound like no one else.

His sharp and wide musical palette between dark and bright electronic colors, has a natural tendency to explore deeper depths which balance usually towards the darker environments, tainted with bright and scarce shades of lights, without becoming tortuous or religious like, opposite to that his music never lets go its down to earth human value but also its deeper hopes and fears and of course its COSMIC progressive electronic spirit.

**** 4.5 PA stars.

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4.00 | 2 ratings

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Emotions Revealed
Steve Roach Progressive Electronic

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

4 stars Released within the final hours of 2015, `Emotions Revealed' is a fifty-one minute collection of two early Eighties pieces by American progressive-electronic/ambient music icon Steve Roach. The artist was to release a landmark title in those genres with the enduring classic `Structures from Silence' in 1984, so these two works pre-date that seminal recording, but the paths towards it are instantly obvious here. One piece represents the initial influence that the defining Seventies European electronic artists such as Klaus Schulze, Tangerine Dream and the other Berlin School sound composers had on Roach in his early days, while the other shows Steve crafting his own personalised, more calming and drifting take on the styles that would fully emerge on his own works of that era.

`Emotion Revealed' was recorded live in California in 1983, soon after the release of Steve's first cassette `NOW', a reliable mix of vintage electronic and soothing New Age elements. That official debut was a reliable work, yet somewhat forgettable and one showing only a fraction of the musical personality and intelligence that Roach would become capable of shortly after (it must be said, however, that the release has plenty of fans, with a recent vinyl reissue very well received by followers of the artist), but the title track here already shows him growing in confidence, delivering a gently unrelenting and dreamy near- twenty-five minute sequencer driven instrumental. Despite sounding instantly like a more obvious and melodic version of the kind of soundscapes Klaus Schulze was delivering in the Seventies, the extended running time makes it a bolder experiment perhaps more interesting than much of the shorter aggressive sequencer-dominated pieces on Roach's 1986 release `Empetus' a few years later. Electric piano chimes calmly loop unceasingly, revolving around slowly introducing sequencer ripples and unfurling deep-space lead synth soloing shimmering into the heavens.

In contrast, `Firelight' journeys inwards, a serene and contemplative soundworld of great unfolding expanse, and just like `Structures from Silence', an album wrongly dismissed by some as being vapid New Age prettiness, there's fleeting moments of melancholy and an eerie edge drifting in the background ready to emerge amongst the softer moments. The first long-form extended piece attempted by Roach, `Firelight' was composed to soundtrack an environmental art installation, playing on a continuous loop. It also turns out to have been a clear move away from his early influences, the first steps towards a distinctive sound of subdued atmosphere and hovering stillness that has maintained in various forms throughout his entire career. Completely devoid of any sequencers or percussive elements, the caressing washes of ebbing and flowing synths and reflective ethereal drones make it perfect companion piece to the above mentioned album, and the crystalline dreamy glistenings in the final minutes may even remind some of Steve Hillage's ambient classic `Rainbow Dome Musick'.

Steve Roach has always been an artist constantly moving forwards, honing and evolving his sounds in subtle directions. With a steady stream of multiple studio and live releases throughout this and most years, usually full of inspiration and often requiring great patience and endless hours of replaying to reveal their secrets, a release like this that is both more compact and often approachable is hugely welcome and a pleasing diversion. `Emotion Revealed' is not merely some thrown together compilation of discarded demos not good enough the first time around, rather it makes for a sublime revealing trip back in time to a period when a creative artist was truly beginning to find his own voice, and a perfectly satisfying album in its own right as well.

Four stars, and a lovely way for progressive-electronic fans to farewell 2015.

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 Vortex Immersion Zone by ROACH, STEVE album cover Studio Album, 2015
3.00 | 2 ratings

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Vortex Immersion Zone
Steve Roach Progressive Electronic

Review by admireArt
Collaborator PSIKE Team

3 stars Vortex Immersion Zone, 2015, Steve Roach's sonic project, was inspired as his bandcamp page points out, by plans to perform at the Los Angeles Center Studios' Vortex Dome in 2013.

From there on, a series of live performances included portions of this piece as it evolved into different shapes which are also captured in his live recording of this piece by the name of "Alive In the Vortex 2", also available at bandcamp.

A deep, dynamic, unmelodious, obscure, cosmic/drone like, analog raw, single 1 hour 13 minutes composition, which beholds a certain kind of "primitiveness", electronic music wise speaking, which may throw you back in time to some early prog electronic influences.

As interesting, hypnotic and perfectly performed and engineered as it is, somehow it becomes unilineal as it develops and eventually its elements of surprise become quiet repetitive and predictable.

***3 PA stars.

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 Bloodmoon Rising - Night 4 by ROACH, STEVE album cover Studio Album, 2015
3.98 | 3 ratings

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Bloodmoon Rising - Night 4
Steve Roach Progressive Electronic

Review by admireArt
Collaborator PSIKE Team

4 stars The slow and heavy movements of our lonely satellite.

If one could accurately paint a clear musical picture of massive planetary heaviness (for real) and its slow paced transitions, well Steve Roach's "Bloodmoon Rising - Night 4", 2015, ceratainly does the trick with impeccable results.

I do agree with fellow reviewer Aussie Byrd Brother, that this release, is the perfect way to introduce yourself to Mr Roach's "Bloodmoon" saga. If you are already familiar with it, this project portraits true refinement in both music composition and sonic/visual results, that all of his Bloodmoon's projects possessed, but not so perfectly achieved and as accurate as this one.

It is hard not to fall and feel this hypnotic rendition of this cosmic phenomena (at least for us earthlings), while one can not help wonder how high Steve Roach is setting the bar for electronic music in general.

Anyway, the real deal about this release, as in many other of his low-keyed masterpieces, is his concept of beauty. Beauty, in Roach's world, has freed itself of any common places usually misused or abused by his peers in all fields of music. Beauty is attained by straight forward music composition, it is a consequence of contrasts counterpointed by good and unique songwriting and in Steve Roach's case, years of experience. Beauty is a mystery found, it is dark as it is bright as it is in the middle and Steve Roach is well aware of this.

Another great mystery, at least in this Prog sub-genre, is how easily one can find expensive and overrated works by minor (but proud and polite, I suppose) musicians and inexpensive masterpieces by superior artists like Mr. Roach. A total mystery!

If you miss this one you are on your own!

****4.5 PA stars

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3.98 | 3 ratings

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Bloodmoon Rising - Night 4
Steve Roach Progressive Electronic

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

4 stars The 28th of September 2015 marks the occasion of the fourth blood moon lunar eclipse, which means the final volume of defining progressive electronic/ambient music artist Steve Roach's series of related works is now released. As with the previous volumes, `Bloodmoon Rising - Night 4' offers a single extended, deeply hypnotic sound collage devoid of any percussive elements that drifts for almost 74 minutes, lulling the listener into a pensive, reflective state. But surprisingly, and most welcome of all, `Night 4' eventually reveals itself to be a more varied, accessible and even warmer release than the previous volumes, as subtle direction and mood changes carefully bring light to the darker qualities.

Low-key rumbling chimes spiral into infinity and drowsy electronic ebbs lap at the senses, leading to chasm-like groans that murmur with unease. Rescued by more comforting, gently cinematic crystalline shimmering breezes, sustained ethereal washes spread like an ocean that weave a contemplative environment of hope and life reborn.

Initially available as a free download from Mr Roach's Bandcamp page, a proper four CD limited edition set is now available that, with the inclusion of the previously unreleased `Night 1' volume, promises to be a very unique and evocative body of work from the artist. While appealing most to lovers of long, lengthy droning atmospheres, this fourth and final volume offers more variety and shifting sounds that will make it more accessible to unsure electronic listeners, and it would actually be the best place to start for newcomers to the series. Those who usually shy away from more vague, challenging drone elements will find more focused, warmer and approachable passages here, and `Bloodmoon Rising - Night 4' might just be one of Steve Roach's most beautiful, triumphant and reassuring works of 2015.

Four stars.

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 Darkest Before Dawn by ROACH, STEVE album cover Studio Album, 2002
4.00 | 3 ratings

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Darkest Before Dawn
Steve Roach Progressive Electronic

Review by Dobermensch
Prog Reviewer

4 stars This is another of those post-Apocalyptic, ethereal Roach recordings where the smell of death from the trenches creeps up your nose.

Either that, or it's a happy easy listening album by the beach, as you read your favourite book whilst half asleep. It's all down to each individual listener.

Everyone will have differing opinions about this super-long, minimal, one track 74 minute recording by the 'Yoda' of Isolationist Ambience. It's either grim and creepy or soothing and relaxing depending on the your state of mind. As is usual from his output at this time, Roach displays an undiluted and relentless approach to the final outcome.

To me it sounds like the vacuum of outer space itself. Like that bit in 'Alien' where the 'Nostromo' silently plummets through space. It's an all consuming and haunting work using only ghostly electronics played at 1mph. This isn't the type of album that is rewarded by close listening. It's most definitely a background soundtrack for those moments where your nightmares are about to take centre stage.

'Darkest Before Dawn' utilises only keyboards. Keyboard chords that are stretched so long that they become drowsy and sleepy. This is no bad thing, as they create an atmosphere of doom.

Despite the unimaginative cover - which I have to admit - sums up the sound within with its black morphing into grey. This is one of Steve Roach's best recordings. Produced at a time when the likes of 'Lull', 'Lustmord' and 'Voice of Eye' were at their peak, this is every bit as good as the aforementioned and sounds effortless in its construction.

The sounds rise and fall like celestial waves amongst thick fog in an alien ocean of sulphur. It's a bit like standing on the edge of a cliff staring into the abyss of nothingness. There's no beginning and no end. Just a sea of slowly evolving waves, without beat. Isolationism in the extreme. 'Brian Eno' fans will love this. This however, has an underlying threat despite being so laid back.

'Darkest Before Dawn' is an album with no meaning other than its own presence alone. A solitary beacon of life in a dead Universe. Beautiful.

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 Etheric Imprints by ROACH, STEVE album cover Studio Album, 2015
3.93 | 5 ratings

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Etheric Imprints
Steve Roach Progressive Electronic

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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3.93 | 5 ratings

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Etheric Imprints
Steve Roach Progressive Electronic

Review by admireArt
Collaborator PSIKE Team

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.

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 Darkest Before Dawn by ROACH, STEVE album cover Studio Album, 2002
4.00 | 3 ratings

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Darkest Before Dawn
Steve Roach Progressive Electronic

Review by Slartibartfast
Prog Reviewer

4 stars This was really my first proper introduction into the works of Steve Roach. I had him on a tribute album to Salvador Dali called Dali - The Endless Enigma, which incidentally also had Djam Karet, who I didn't really get into for a few years after either.

This album is, needless to say, dark space music. Imagine yourself in the darkest regions between the stars drifting aimlessly. He basically creates this atmosphere that lasts for a little over 73 minutes. If you wanted something dark and creepy to play during Halloween to creep out the trick or treaters, you couldn't get better than this.

Music best not to listen to if you are feeling depressed unless you want to deepen the experience.

3.5 stars which round up to 4 unless you have a problem with how math works particularly when floating in the darkness of space. Be sure and follow this up with something brighter like Spectral Mornings...

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