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Progressive Electronic • United Kingdom


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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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Structures From Silence (30th anniversary 3-CD Remastered edition)Structures From Silence (30th anniversary 3-CD Remastered edition)
Remastered
Projekt Records 2014
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$23.15 (used)
Structures from SilenceStructures from Silence
Remastered
Projekt Records 2001
Audio CD$9.41
$6.95 (used)
Quiet Music: The Original 3-Hour CollectionQuiet Music: The Original 3-Hour Collection
Projekt Records 2011
Audio CD$12.35
$13.99 (used)
Delicate ForeverDelicate Forever
Projekt Records 2014
Audio CD$9.40
$9.39 (used)
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4.00 | 1 ratings
Now
1982
3.31 | 7 ratings
Structures From Silence
1984
2.67 | 3 ratings
Quiet Music 1
1986
3.42 | 10 ratings
Dreamtime Return
1988
3.00 | 4 ratings
World's Edge
1992
3.00 | 2 ratings
Origins
1993
3.00 | 2 ratings
The Dream Circle
1994
3.50 | 4 ratings
Artifacts
1994
4.00 | 4 ratings
The Magnificent Void
1996
4.91 | 2 ratings
Trance Spirits
2002
4.00 | 1 ratings
Darkest Before Dawn
2002
3.00 | 1 ratings
New Life Dreaming
2005
4.00 | 1 ratings
Arc of Passion
2008
5.00 | 1 ratings
A Deeper Silence
2008
0.00 | 0 ratings
Soul Tones
2012
4.00 | 1 ratings
Back to Life
2012
3.50 | 2 ratings
GROOVE IMMERSION
2012
5.00 | 1 ratings
Spiral Meditations
2013
4.00 | 1 ratings
FUTURE FLOWS
2013
0.00 | 0 ratings
The Long Night (with Kelly David)
2014
4.25 | 4 ratings
The Delicate Forever
2014
4.00 | 2 ratings
The Delicate Beyond
2014
3.91 | 2 ratings
Bloodmoon Rising
2014

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

2.00 | 1 ratings
Stormwarning
1989
4.00 | 1 ratings
Landmass
2008
4.00 | 1 ratings
Steve Roach - Live at Grace Cathedral (2010)
2010

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3.91 | 3 ratings
The Desert Collection - Volume One
2014
4.86 | 2 ratings
Structures From Silence (30th Anniversary Remastered Edition)
2014

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

0.00 | 0 ratings
Light Of Sundays
2013

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 Landmass by ROACH, STEVE album cover Live, 2008
4.00 | 1 ratings

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Landmass
Steve Roach Progressive Electronic

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

— First review of this album —
4 stars A pioneering 80's electronic artist of subtle depth and great variety, Steve Roach has released a steady stream of albums in various ambient styles for almost forty years now. Recorded live in April 2007 on the Star's End radio station in the WXPN Studios in Philadelphia, 2008's `Landmass' encompasses many facets of his instantly recognizable sounds and signature electronic styles, moving through a wide range of emotions and moods. The music is a continuous, constantly evolving sonic landscape, where the past and future come together, nature and the Earth weaving with futuristic electronics, and it makes for a hypnotic and immersive experience, a near 70 minute journey through an ever- changing ambient expanse.

Starting gently, carefully progressing synth washes trickle like a calm running stream, water moving all around you, feeling the cool lap at your fingertips. Crystalline loops glisten away, moving in unison with the faintest of bass beats gently murmuring along the background to lull you into a state of serenity. Clouds form overhead with the arrival of droning almost cinematic synths, taking on a panning overhead presence throughout `Cerulean Blue Sky...'. Unobtrusive loops beat like a secret dance, taking on a near manic quality yet never becoming overwhelming. Sudden sweeping dramatic surges strike and retreat like black shadowy tendrils snaking across the earth, until a soothing electronic pool washes them away over chirping sounds of nature, returning a sense of peace. Beats vanish as near silence takes you from all your stress, fear and unhappiness throughout `Monuments of Memory', as placid waves unwind forwards offer comforting reassurance, and a sense of being reborn in body and mind.

Groaning formless pitch-black drones threaten to shatter that sense of tranquillity during `Alluvial Plain', a sensation of suffocating unease permeating all around. It's like being locked in a cave with only the tiniest pinprick of light to offer hope, that one glimmer like a little teasing betrayal as it's consumed by the dark. `Trancemigration' quickly rolls away the stone to flood the shadows with salvation light, unfurling synths revealing a new world full of promise. Lively beats return and thrum with life, pattering like trickling little raindrops. The album closes on `Stars Begin', the most abstract and minimalist piece here, much more of a sound collage where long stretches of near-silence are still full of purpose. It's like hearing the dawn of creation, where the tiniest moments are ready to explode with potential.

It pays to listen to this album with headphones to ensure you hear all the subtle pulses, tiny percussive beats and careful consideration Mr Roach has woven throughout the music. Those who find some forms of electronic music too uneventful may respond to this one more favourably, as there's plenty of movement, diversity and greater use of sequencer elements, something the artist moved away from as his work developed and matured long ago. Steve Roach is the master of these sort of releases, and listeners who want an electronic/ambient release that is immersive and highly emotional with plenty of variety should investigate `Landmass' right away.

Four stars.

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 Bloodmoon Rising by ROACH, STEVE album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.91 | 2 ratings

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Bloodmoon Rising
Steve Roach Progressive Electronic

Review by admireArt

4 stars If you were not there!

On with his seemingly endless creative energy that has possessed Steve Roach this year, he goes back in time, "music composition wise" and renders a moving and astounding listening depiction to this astronomical event, which we know as "Blood Mooon".

Having had happened two nights ago, Steve Roach recorded and released almost simultaneously this project in able to be kept in the recent events collective memory.

Here are Steve Roach's written words about this release:

"This piece was created in these last few days leading up to the Blood Moon night of October 8th. So much of my work is born from the deep end of the night immersion. Staying aware of the moons many phases, from full to new has always been a part of my creative undercurrent so the opportunity to acknowledge this moment in time made this piece flow forth with out a question. Tuning into this Blood Moon feeling mixed with that sense of the seasons change in the air right now is inside this piece for me, and now I quietly offer it up to the moon and to you in this more spontaneous way only through Bandcamp. All my best Steve .- Evening of Oct 7."

A memorable, slow paced, ritual like depiction of this Moon´s uprising and fall. As close as being there could be, and a hypnotic listening experience, which scope is as "red" & "deep" as the art cover that portrays it. Slow paced electronic/acoustic music to delight on, again and again.

****4 "yes, another!" PA stars, project.

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 Structures From Silence (30th Anniversary Remastered Edition) by ROACH, STEVE album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2014
4.86 | 2 ratings

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Structures From Silence (30th Anniversary Remastered Edition)
Steve Roach Progressive Electronic

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

5 stars Originally released back in 1984, `Structures From Silence' by electronic/new age/ambient composer Steve Roach has proven to be an influential and landmark work in the ambient and progressive electronic genres. Completely devoid of any percussive elements or light beats, this immersive, contemplative synth work has a unique identity and atmosphere all its own, a truly timeless work that is just as moving and meditative thirty years on as it was upon its initial release. It carefully avoids the outright coldness that is found in many electronic releases, especially those from the same decade, instead being gentle, undemanding and even softly romantic without ever becoming inane muzak or ever being too light and airy.

It's hard to describe the subtle and slowly unwinding 17 minute opener `Reflections in Suspension'. After a slow and careful fade in, synth loops chirp, twinkle and dazzle as if stars in the sky appearing for the first time as the evening glow vanishes. Softly victorious and gently comforting, the slightest layers of different keyboards wash around the listener, seamlessly weaving around each-other to create an intoxicating and gently hypnotic atmosphere. Sometimes it's protective, maybe even playful with little moments of briefly dramatic build, but it's always full of love and a joy for life.

`Quiet Friend' couldn't be more appropriately named, as that is what the piece may become to you. The synths take on a quivering quality as if hovering in the air around you, rising and falling washes bringing a drifting fragility. It's reflective, thoughtful, yet confident, and tiny synth ripples that emerge in the second half bring the slightest traces of a lightly confronting melancholy and beautiful sadness.

The 28 minute title track is a long unhurried and subtle drone, and probably the heaviest of the three works here. Often utilizing deeper tones than the previous pieces with only slight variations to the main themes throughout, lilting synth tones lift right and left around the speakers, intertwining in the middle in serene unity, growing in strength as the piece progress, endlessly flowing and cascading over you.

`Structures From Silence' has recently celebrated its 30th anniversary, and the album can now be purchased again in this deluxe remastered 3 CD set that adds an additional two discs of lengthy droning compositions from Mr Roach in the same manner that serve as fine albums in their own right. Newcomers to the progressive electronic/ambient genres may find this one a little uneventful and monotonous, but patient listeners or established fans of this type of music will likely find it completely enveloping. Unhurried and ever-unfolding, this defining work creates an intoxicating, serene atmosphere and is a benchmark in ambient music.

Five stars.

Note - Listeners who enjoy this work should be sure to look into a recently released tribute album `Quiet Friends: A 30th Anniversary Tribute to Steve Roach's `Structures From Silence' from the Free Floating netlabel. With 15 instrumental tracks by superb ambient artists such as Altus, Phillip Wilkerson, Jack Hertz, Scott Lawlor and many others in the same style, it's a free download and well-worth looking into on the label Bandcamp page.

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 The Delicate Beyond by ROACH, STEVE album cover Studio Album, 2014
4.00 | 2 ratings

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The Delicate Beyond
Steve Roach Progressive Electronic

Review by admireArt

4 stars To kill two birds with one stone!

Master multi-instrumentalist and electro/acoustic composer, Steve Roach has been lately on a highly fortuitous and prolific creative streak. From his 2012's "Back to Life", "Groove Immersion" and "Soul Tones" among 7 other albums in the same year, going through his 2013's "Rasa Dance", "Future Flows" and masterpiece "Spiral Meditations", also among 4 "live" releases that same year, comes 2014 with the extraordinary "The Delicate Forever" which spinned off this "The Delicate Beyond", also among 4 other 2014 releases, up to now.

This "The Delicate Beyond", uses the first 2 songs of its matrix album ("The Delicate Forever" and "Well Spring") and delivers in the same tenor, spirit and almost identical songwriting, a super extended version of both songs. (1 hour & 13 minutes +-.)

Therefore we prog/electronic audiophiles get a double treat! An album that covers all the prog/electronic "protocols", adding Steve Roach's vision and revealing him as one of its most unique and creative survivors, but also an album which closes the gap between "Electronic" and "Ambient" music, without stopping to be either one.

A jewel by its own, although I do prefer "The Delicate Forever", this cd complements the whole concept, making it in part "essential", if you got already the "first" cd.

****4 "pure bliss" PA stars.

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 Now by ROACH, STEVE album cover Studio Album, 1982
4.00 | 1 ratings

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Now
Steve Roach Progressive Electronic

Review by admireArt

— First review of this album —
4 stars Steve Roach's first catalogue of possible electronic routes.

Steve Roach's 1982 release, "NOW", encompasses a wide variety of "electronic" stylings. Never falling for the 80's synth-vogue and clearly stepping away, also, from TD's "spacy" sounds, but still close to those Berlin School's electronic music asthetiques.

One can easily detect the more comfortable and close to his pioneering then, "Ambient" music passion and nature. Those are the songs that foretell where he will eventually be heading, but in this, his first release, it is all still cooking and it smells good!

5 pieces, 5 different possible progressive/electronic environments. The "cosmic" sequenced one, the out of this world "tribal" song, the dynamic minimalistic one, the all "ambient" and the TD like song, not in that order, I am just recapitulating.

Of all the possible music routes Steve Roach will eventually lead, his clear thought and bright music songwriting "muse", apparently was there from the start.

****4 "Promising since day one!" PA stars.

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 Spiral Meditations by ROACH, STEVE album cover Studio Album, 2013
5.00 | 1 ratings

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Spiral Meditations
Steve Roach Progressive Electronic

Review by admireArt

— First review of this album —
5 stars The Berlin School of Electronic Music brought to the 21st Century!

Released at the end of 2013, "Spiral Meditations", foretells Steve Roach's return to "pure electronics". Yes, the famous Berlin School's late bloomer, proves to have surpassed its masters!! 32 years away from his first 1982 album/cassette "NOW" . He has gone through a metamorphical transition that lead its way again to his first pure-electronic projects. From those ashes he rises again to show the world that the Berlin School is no school for thieves!

Completely refined "spiraling electronics", thus the name of the album, that conjure an up front, no bull#)(&, honest songwriting to become an impressive array of perfectly woven "cosmic" masterpieces. Minimalistic yet rich, ambiental yet colorful, dynamic to the top and subtle as if invisible, yet inevitably up-front hypnotic! FLAWLESS!

Steve Roach at his best pure-electronic effort. And a privilege to testify!

*****5 "a masterpiece", PA stars.

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 The Delicate Beyond by ROACH, STEVE album cover Studio Album, 2014
4.00 | 2 ratings

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The Delicate Beyond
Steve Roach Progressive Electronic

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

4 stars Recently available in a limited edition run of 500 copies (no idea if any are left at this point), electronic artist Steve Roach's `The Delicate Beyond' is a companion work to his recently released album `The Delicate Forever', and it contains only one single 74 minute track. The sole piece, `The Delicate Forever', split into two sections here, appeared in a 24 minute edited form on that full album, and with it's very subtle and repetitive arrangement, it was one of the more difficult pieces on the disc, and it's even more challenging in it's extended form here. Lovers of drone music will respond best to it, but those unfamilair with this style of electronic music should tread carefully.

Despite the longer length, it almost feels like there's a quicker pace moving throughout the full `Delicate Forever' here. Devoid of percussive elements or light beats for it's entirety, a blissful humming synth fades in and out for an eternity, rolling over and around the listener as if the breath of life itself, moving just the smallest step closer with each careful approach. A welcoming opening, much warmer and more inviting that the edited version, it brings serenity and a lulling comfort as it drifts along. Some of the synth washes have a cooing, soothing tone, other times they almost take on a lonely wounded gentle howl. Electronic raindrop-like glistenings playfully ripple in the background as if stars in the sky, and once the drones begin sustaining in the second half, the synths start lapping around the listener to leave them floating softly. All the electronics perfectly work in unison, never in conflict, all wrapping around each-other and unwinding in multiple directions. A chirping synth loop finally emerges, bringing a lightly psychedelic and disorientating sweeping dreaminess before a come-down reprise to end on. This very minimal and subtle ambient soundscape is captivating, bringing reassuring carresses and will lift the listener adrift in the air with a soaring siren-like quality.

Perfectly satisfying as it's own album, yet also complimenting `The Delicate Forever' disc beautifully as well, this is an evocative, spiritual and thoughtful extended ambient piece. Even though there's long repeated sections with seemingly little change or variation, to find it repetitive and uneventful would be missing the point altogether. Just allow yourself to be taken over by the atmosphere and the mood, and discover the patience to quietly listen and contemplate this long hypnotic journey. It's always slowly unwinding and constantly evolving, with a fragile yet inviting meditative beauty, and it's yet another example of sublime work from a pioneering electronic/new-age/ambient musician.

Four stars for electronic drone lovers, others approach with caution!

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 The Delicate Forever by ROACH, STEVE album cover Studio Album, 2014
4.25 | 4 ratings

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The Delicate Forever
Steve Roach Progressive Electronic

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 testify with privilege, in "The Delicate Forever", another 2014 release, Steve Roach dwells into the 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 last year's masterpiece "Spiral Meditations".

As mentioned, Berlin's electronic music school will surely have prided on this late bloomer. He not only follows the unwritten protocols, 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!

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 The Delicate Forever by ROACH, STEVE album cover Studio Album, 2014
4.25 | 4 ratings

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The Delicate Forever
Steve Roach Progressive Electronic

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.

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 The Desert Collection - Volume One by ROACH, STEVE album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2014
3.91 | 3 ratings

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The Desert Collection - Volume One
Steve Roach Progressive Electronic

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

4 stars Steve Roach is a prominent musician of note working in the new-age, ambient and drone styles of electronic music, composing literally dozens of albums as both a solo artist and collaborations with others. With almost forty years of perfecting and constantly evolving his craft, this instrumental compilation, entitled `The Desert Sessions - Volume One', is a superb collection drawn from four of his solo works, and the eight pieces on offer here create a sustained and seamless ambient flow. Gently soothing, hypnotic and endlessly melodic, the disc is a perfect way to relieve tensions, slowly unwind from the busyness of everyday life while still offering fascinating light progressive- electronic soundscapes for fans of the genre.

Drowsy harmonica gently pierces through low-key veil-like synths in `Ghost Train', completely devoid of any percussive elements, the piece shambling along in a lethargic intoxicating manner. `Flatlands' is the soundtrack to your trek across great unending plains of scorched earth, wandering gentle tribal beats filled with subtle purpose urging you onwards over soothing washes of electronics. There's a placid never-ending twinkling electronic loop weaving throughout all of `The Breathing Stone' that reveals the world around you teeming with life. The near 18 minute `The Eternal Expanse' is as grand and epic as it's title. Synth washes lap gently at your senses, as one layer falls away, another rises to take it's place over and over, dying and being reborn into eternity. They ready your mind for the inner journey to come, quickly exploding it with potential, just the smallest traces of unease threatening to overwhelm and consume.

The curiously titled `The Ribbon Rails of Promise', another longer piece at 15 minutes, picks up the pace, a little up-tempo skittering beat patters the background with joyous and comforting tones, chiming synth shimmers and dusty harmonica darting forwards and retreating instantly. It fills the listener with a stirring hope, of discovering a way forwards through troubles and stress. `Specter' brings a little darkness, a haunting drone of slowly ebbing synths groaning with crushing isolation and loneliness, a gradual maddening beat building the tension. The synths on another drone, `New Moon as Forbidden Mesa', bring an almost spectral choral quality, their lulling ethereal cries enveloping, mysterious, but never truly suffocating or menacing. `The Slow Turning' brings light back to close the disc, a serene glistening uplifting spiritual quality that offers comforting blissful serenity.

Compiled from his works `Dust to Dust', `Desert Solitaire', `Western Spaces' and `The Ambient Expanse', Mr Roach has successfully chosen a fitting selection of pieces that maintain an evocative mood in line with the title of the disc, always full of direction and variety yet frequently open-ended and unhurried. It would make for an ideal introduction to newcomers of the electronic, ambient and new age genres, as well as being easily enjoyed by established followers who can appreciate less demanding yet intelligently written and tasteful compositions. Highly recommended, and hopefully we see more volumes in the future!

Four stars.

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