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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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Mystic Chords & Sacred Spaces 2Mystic Chords & Sacred Spaces 2
Projekt Records 2010
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Trance SpiritsTrance Spirits
Projekt Records 2002
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Road EternalRoad Eternal
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Structures From Silence (30th anniversary 3-CD Remastered edition)Structures From Silence (30th anniversary 3-CD Remastered edition)
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Space And TimeSpace And Time
Projekt Records 2007
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STEVE ROACH discography


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3.95 | 2 ratings
Now
1982
3.43 | 9 ratings
Structures From Silence
1984
3.40 | 5 ratings
Quiet Music 1
1986
3.34 | 13 ratings
Dreamtime Return
1988
3.50 | 6 ratings
World's Edge
1992
3.50 | 4 ratings
Origins
1993
3.50 | 4 ratings
The Dream Circle
1994
3.80 | 5 ratings
Artifacts
1994
4.04 | 7 ratings
The Magnificent Void
1996
4.65 | 7 ratings
Trance Spirits
2002
4.00 | 5 ratings
Darkest Before Dawn
2002
3.67 | 3 ratings
New Life Dreaming
2005
4.00 | 4 ratings
Arc of Passion
2008
4.50 | 4 ratings
A Deeper Silence
2008
4.00 | 2 ratings
Sigh of Ages
2010
4.50 | 2 ratings
Soul Tones
2012
3.67 | 3 ratings
Back to Life
2012
4.25 | 4 ratings
GROOVE IMMERSION
2012
5.00 | 2 ratings
Spiral Meditations
2013
4.05 | 3 ratings
FUTURE FLOWS
2013
4.00 | 2 ratings
The Long Night (with Kelly David)
2014
4.28 | 7 ratings
The Delicate Forever
2014
4.00 | 5 ratings
The Delicate Beyond
2014
3.93 | 6 ratings
Bloodmoon Rising
2014
3.91 | 4 ratings
The Ancestor Circle (with Jorge Reyes)
2014
4.00 | 3 ratings
Monuments of Ecstasy (with Byron Metcalf, Rob Thomas)
2015
3.05 | 3 ratings
Bloodmoon Rising - Night 3
2015
3.04 | 5 ratings
Skeleton Keys
2015
4.00 | 3 ratings
Etheric Imprints
2015
3.98 | 3 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
3.95 | 2 ratings
Biosonic (Steve Roach & Robert Logan)
2016
3.98 | 4 ratings
Second Nature (Steve Roach & Robert Logan)
2016
2.50 | 2 ratings
This Place To Be
2016
4.82 | 3 ratings
Shadow of Time
2016
3.00 | 1 ratings
Fade To Gray
2016
4.05 | 2 ratings
Spiral Revelation
2016

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

3.67 | 3 ratings
Stormwarning
1989
4.00 | 4 ratings
Landmass
2008
3.33 | 3 ratings
Steve Roach - Live at Grace Cathedral (2010)
2010
4.90 | 2 ratings
Live in Tucson: Pinnacle Moments
2016

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

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

3.96 | 6 ratings
The Desert Collection - Volume One
2014
4.71 | 5 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 | 2 ratings
Light Of Sundays
2013
4.00 | 2 ratings
Skeleton - Spiral Passage (Extended Version - Live In Tucson 02-14-15)
2015

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 Fade To Gray by ROACH, STEVE album cover Studio Album, 2016
3.00 | 1 ratings

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Fade To Gray
Steve Roach Progressive Electronic

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

— First review of this album —
3 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 closes 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, `Painting in the Dark' a lightly psychedelic pure ambient work, but this one, `Fade to Gray' is another of Roach's single long- form compositions very much in the manner of the previous year's `This Place to Be', a challenging and impossibly subtle work that remains as challenging as always.

Completely devoid of any rhythmic elements, the seventy-four minute sound-collage `Fade to Gray' is a furtive unceasing drone of ever-reaching echoing ambient washes and darkly symphonic sweeps. Dreamy lethargic ebbs seep into cavernous groaning crevices, slivers of light eventually piercing through melancholic veils of stormy faraway rumbles to blanket the atmosphere with pristine serene pools.

These sort of works are often quite hard to assess, and they always prove divisive amongst listeners. To some, these unhurried and drifting musings are utterly entrancing, others find them completely tedious and uneventful. `Fade to Gray' is certainly not the latter, but it can be patience testing and quite confronting in the first half, not particularly easy listening until some lighter, more inviting qualities gradually reveal themselves in the later stretches. It's definitely not a place to start for newcomers looking to explore Roach's works (out of this new triple set, best pick up the other two first). But, as always, it's a quietly reflective and thought-provoking mood piece from a master of many electronic-related genres, and it remains a mysterious and evocative soundtrack.

Three stars for general listeners, four stars for seasoned dark ambient fans.

 Spiral Revelation by ROACH, STEVE album cover Studio Album, 2016
4.05 | 2 ratings

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Spiral Revelation
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 up-and-coming electronic musician Robert Logan and a stunning archival live release `Pinnacle Moments', progressive electronic/ambient icon Steve Roach closes 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, `Fade to Gray' is a long-form moody drone, and `Painting in the Dark' a lightly psychedelic pure ambient work, but this one, `Spiral Revelation' is constantly lively, and, like its colourful cover art, full of a pulsing energy, often in the form of heavy rhythmic-driven compositions that Roach doesn't step into all that often these days, making it another very welcome and exciting change of direction.

`We Continue' starts the most gently and prettily, an opener that will become an instant Roach classic, holding traces of his early years with the honed intelligence and subtlety he's mastered over the decades. Whimsical chiming notes ring amongst glistening pools shimmering to the surface with the same joyful and comforting love that flitted through `Reflections in Suspension' off Roach's seminal 1984 classic `Structures from Silence', a nurturing innocence and comforting embrace at its very core. The fizzy beats of the ringing `Unseen Hand' skitter out of rising/falling caresses, the relentless `Finger on the Pulse' unravels with danger, mysterious electronics bleed and seep through `A Righteous Thing', and `Primary Phase' is a restrained head-nodding chill-out, growing strident beats and cinematic slivers weaving tastefully together.

But the closing twenty-minute title track `Spiral Revelation' is a masterclass of deeply atmospheric and enigmatic prog- electronica, and is likely a piece that vintage electronic/Berlin school fans will greatly appreciate. Endlessly hypnotic with just a hint of early Klaus Schulze alien danger and the grace of Robert Schroeder's `Harmonic Ascendant' but given a modern and vital interpretation, undulating beats grow in presence and rippling unease with subtle surges forwards and retreating waves back, locked forever in an unceasing spiralling loop. A stark pure-ambient coda is exceptionally haunting, and it wraps the disc in a surprisingly emotional and subdued manner.

It's very welcome to see the artist delving back into another more melodic, energetic rhythmic-based work so soon after 2015's `Skeleton Keys'. This collection provides endless movement and momentum but crucially doesn't skimp on the most minute of ambient intelligence constantly coating the background to give it a delicate richness, and it proves instantly that ambient albums can still be full of life and vitality. `Spiral Revelation', along with the other two wildly different above-mentioned simultaneous releases here, ensures Steve Roach wraps a wildly successful and artistically stimulating series of intelligent releases throughout 2016, and sets up the new year as surely another inspired, creative, divisive and absolutely vital period for the prog-electronic/ambient icon.

Four and a half stars.

 Shadow of Time by ROACH, STEVE album cover Studio Album, 2016
4.82 | 3 ratings

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Shadow of Time
Steve Roach Progressive Electronic

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

5 stars 2016 has been an interesting year for progressive-electronic/ambient icon Steve Roach. A few months back, the artist released two wildly different collaborative works with younger electronic musician Robert Logan, `Biosonic', which fused distinctively modern twitching liquid beats to subdued ambience, and `Second Nature', a sparse and pinpoint-fragile piano-based work. After a free download release `This Place to Be', `Shadow of Time' sees the artist back on his own and returning to the lengthy droning minimalist pieces of contemplative atmospheres and meditative moods he is often associated with these days, but still evolving and refining his work with the precision and subtlety that only a master of the genre can so carefully deliver.

Despite press release statements comparing this new work to two of Roach's defining early releases, `Quiet Music' and the landmark 1984 dreamy and comforting electronic classic `Structures from Silence', `Shadow of Time' also flirts with darker reflective moods and the most careful of softly melancholic ambience. The title even has a somewhat ominous hint of confronting some inevitable things in life that no-one is eventually immune from being faced with, but the music finds a common ground of the dark and light so that the album is neither too airy or too stark.

The opening 38-minute title track, devoid completely of any sort of percussive elements as is the entire disc, unfolds with an aching and reaching sweeping melancholy, but careful repeated listens reveal some skilfully subtle reprised themes that effortlessly weave in and out of the piece, with hopeful slivers of light teeming with life and reassurance beginning to break through and bring a delicate balance in the second half. Caressing synth washes glide through each-other in dreamy, drowsy embraces in the almost 24-minute `Night Ascends' (which is also available in an extended and reworked 78-minute digital download version that will hopefully see a stand-alone CD release in the near future), bringing a sensation of winding down as the day ends and finding solace in sleep with the promise of a new day ahead. `Cloud of Knowing' probably comes closest to the above mentioned important Roach titles (as well as lightly reminding of the opening title-track off his 2014 classic `The Delicate Forever', just without the psychedelic trickles of that one) with approaching and retreating ebbing fuzzy waves that quickly glisten with warmth, and it provides the close of the disc with a sense of hope and contentment, a quality slowly but constantly revealing itself throughout this entire set.

It's sometimes hard not to be overwhelmed by the sheer size of the back catalogue of music Mr Roach has, or the amount of effort it takes for one of his works to gradually sink in. But given enough patient listens where the music is allowed to seep into your consciousness, `Shadow of Time' proves to be utterly captivating and deeply moving, a subtle and timeless work of great depth and genuine emotion that grows in power with each new closer listen. Only time itself will reveal if this is one of his true modern electronic classics, but there's every indication it will go on to be counted among his very best.

Four and a half stars (and add an extra star for Michael Karcz's mesmerizing cover art).

 Skeleton - Spiral Passage (Extended Version - Live In Tucson 02-14-15) by ROACH, STEVE album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2015
4.00 | 2 ratings

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Skeleton - Spiral Passage (Extended Version - Live In Tucson 02-14-15)
Steve Roach Progressive Electronic

Review by admireArt
Prog Reviewer

4 stars This, then in 2015, release was sent to me via Bandcamp. I could not have been happier, but as soon as i tried to share its publishing here in PA, the release's info and availability became invisible. (Up to today the Bandcamp page shows an obvious typo as its date of release, but again available for good!)

Anyway! 32 minutes of pure and genuine to the bone Steve Roach's Berlin School & The Bay Area / Los Angeles School learnings. Meaning, as you may have guessed, flowing and rhythmical sequencer lines, atmospheric backdrops and in the hands of Steve Roach, his usual creative melody lines, which reinvent those well travelled electronic roads to transform them to his own pursuit.

His counterpointing abilities as composer, as his mastering of time signatures, conjure the simultaneous existence of up to three, four or five of these melody lines, be them ethereal, rhythmic, linear, micro-minimalist or the harmonics of all, which by themselves are extremely attractive thus when added become one enticing, hypnotic and emotional "COSMIC" adventure.

Probably the closest he has ever been of Tangerine Dream's or Klaus Schulze's 70's productions. BUT as owner of a self-acquired music language, these just turn out to be references for a better understanding of the same.

****4 PA stars.

This EP is now included in in the 79 minute "Live in Tucson-Pinnacle Moments", as part of its tracks.

 Second Nature (Steve Roach & Robert Logan) by ROACH, STEVE album cover Studio Album, 2016
3.98 | 4 ratings

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Second Nature (Steve Roach & Robert Logan)
Steve Roach Progressive Electronic

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

4 stars The pairing of up-and-coming England-based electronic artist Robert Logan with progressive-electronic/ambient innovator Steve Roach delivered a superb futuristic fusion of ambience and experimental electronics with `Biosonic' in April 2016, and the duo also offer a completely separate release originating from the same sessions, `Second Nature'. Whereas the former was more-or-less a continuous seventy minute energetic and lively composition with an ever-changing pattern of programmed beats and loops, `Second Nature' offers four separate pieces in a much more subdued, intimate and purely long-form ambient mode, completely focused on piano and restrained use of electronics.

While some sections are more recognizable in style to many of Roach's numerous other recent works, Robert Logan provides crucial contributions such as his glistening, heart-breaking echoing piano that glides in and out of Steve's floating serene drones. If `Biosonic' had a frequently moving alien-like quality, `Second Nature' removes all percussive elements entirely and is stark and precious in comparison, very much a reflective and grounded fragile inner journey. Both of the musicians personal contributions and individual musical voices can instantly be heard, not only truly complimenting each-other, but working in perfect unison together to create an evocative, unhurried soundtrack, sometimes even desolate and lonely but always with traces of hope and light breaking through in the most crucial moments.

Robert's precious ghostly tip-toeing piano hovers in the air as Steve's gentle lulling synth caresses drift in and out of opener `Moment's Notice', a wistful and sadly romantic opener with fleeting pinpricks of warmth to the gentle melancholy and uncertainty. Initially calling to mind the pristine black and white piano shimmerings of Roach's `Etheric Imprints' from back in 2015, the title track `Second Nature' is a dense half-hour aural collage where elements of dark and light weave around each- other trying to gain supremacy. Delicate waves of synths - some forceful, others soothing - permeate the air, with brief gloomy slivers cutting the atmosphere and fleeting glimpses of a victorious piano theme attempt to rise and take hold. The shorter `Shadowspeak' almost entirely strips back the electronics for a crystalline solo piano interlude with downbeat notes occasionally creeping into the mix, and the twenty two minute finale `Mystic Drift' holds groaning cavernous drones and spectral piano with calmer breezes of synths softly attempting to push away the cloudy unrest, all with an eerie cinematic elegance.

A sometimes intangible and even confronting work, some will find `Second Nature' patience-testing, others will be totally captivated by it, witness to the way it completely alters the environment around them, a quality that so few albums can actually achieve. It grows in power and presence with every listen, gradually revealing so many understated little layers and the most deeply personal reflections, and it reminds that sometimes the most shadowy music reveals the deepest beauty. While it's hardly easy listening, `Second Nature' is truly an exercise in darkly exquisite sophistication, and one of the most challenging Roach-related releases of recent years. It makes for two superb side-by-side works from the pairing of Logan and Roach, and hopefully the results from further collaborations between the two will be equally as vital.

Four stars.

 Second Nature (Steve Roach & Robert Logan) by ROACH, STEVE album cover Studio Album, 2016
3.98 | 4 ratings

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Second Nature (Steve Roach & Robert Logan)
Steve Roach Progressive Electronic

Review by admireArt
Prog Reviewer

4 stars A second, early 2016, collaboration between Steve Roach and Robert Logan "Second Nature" leans toward the slow paced, dreamy and sheltering atmospheres whose ethereal flowing melodic lines float into transparent or darker shapes, anchored by a distant, "treated" acoustic piano which also counterpoints the balance between obscure abstractions and the beauty of its own clear light findings.

The whole body of this work (4 compositions) evokes an uneasy peacefulness which can be dream like but subtly charged with a dramatic cacophonic edge, that gives depth to the "cosmic" electronic environments it develops, therefore its musical language is rich in contrasts and moods and not quiet fit for easy listening ears. Opposite to that it will easily find its way in more classical contemporary electronic and contemporary classical trained hearts and , of course, in Steve Roach's fortunate followers' collections.

****4 PA stars

 Biosonic (Steve Roach & Robert Logan) by ROACH, STEVE album cover Studio Album, 2016
3.95 | 2 ratings

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Biosonic (Steve Roach & Robert Logan)
Steve Roach Progressive Electronic

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

4 stars Progressive-electronic/ambient innovator Steve Roach begins 2016 in fascinating forth, releasing two very different collaboration works with up-and-coming England-based electronic artist Robert Logan, the first of which is `Biosonic'. Nearly thirty years in age separates the two musicians, but a mutual appreciation of each-others work resulted in the pair trading samples of sound-files over a four year period and eventually meeting in person to complete the music offered on these two discs (the other being `Second Nature'). `Biosonic' presents these two distinct electronic voices not only truly complimenting each-other, but perfectly working in unison to deliver an ever-evolving sound-work that takes their music in exciting new directions.

Despite being indexed into nine tracks, `Biosonic' is really one single seventy minute constantly morphing aural collage, where fluid, ethereal synth washes rise, fall and twist around an ever-changing pattern of programmed beats and electronic loops. It's energetic and lively, constantly moving, even playful in a few spots, pulsing with subtle grooves and floating on mysterious moods. Surprising moments of dub, drum n' bass and even darkly futuristic psy-trance elements intermingle with the stillness and freeform drift of pure ambient atmospheres, and where what might have once been earthy tribal elements in the past take on an alien monolithic hardness instead.

The surprises start right from the opening passage `Desires: Birth', an up-tempo dash of liquid shimmerings and twitching electronic glitches with joyful upfront synth soloing rolling in and out, giving way to `OmniGen's skittering beats and intimidating industrial-like heaviness. A calming respite arrives with the soothing caresses of `Ecdysis Actrivation' with faraway approaching beats bubbling under, churning slabs permeate barren aural expanses throughout `Primal Confluence', equally pretty and drowsy drones are laced with fleeting harsher split-second slivers in `Erosophere', and `Atrium' is an addictive disorientating darkly grooving meltdown.

The ten-minute segment `The Biomechanoid Lifecycle Revealed' is one of the true highlights, effortlessly cool and darkly slinking chilled grooves murmuring seductively behind hallucinogenic rising synths veils, even flirting with moments of dub. The up-tempo attacking `Biosense' is maddening and suffocating machine violence that perfectly soundtracks the faintly H.R.Giger-esque album cover art that suggests a fusion of mechanical, alien and organic. The album is stripped back to pure celestial ambience for the final twenty-plus minute passage `Amniotic Universe', where cinematic elegance merges with the dreamiest of deep-drifting glacial environments.

Initially a little overwhelming due to the plentiful variety of sounds and moods, careful close listens in an unhurried environment (preferably with headphones) reveal an addictive work with endless delicate little details and intricate subtleties. While there's plenty of Roach's instantly recognisable ambient elements throughout, the constantly contorting, mutating variety of percussive elements weaving in and out of much of the album may by a challenge for those who prefer the more still, carefully-paced nature of much of his modern music, but there is still plenty of that for patient listeners to discover. Steve Roach's music hardly ever sounds dated (if anything it actually exists completely outside of dating fads or any ideas of musical trends), but collaborating with Robert Logan here has delivered one of his most modern sounding and cutting-edge electronic works for some time, their pairing-up on this dark-tinged futuristic soundworld hinting at a multitude of unfamiliar possibilities waiting to be explored.

Four stars.

 Vortex Immersion Zone by ROACH, STEVE album cover Studio Album, 2015
3.50 | 4 ratings

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Vortex Immersion Zone
Steve Roach Progressive Electronic

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

4 stars The original inspiration for progressive-electronic/ambient pioneer Steve Roach's `Vortex Immersion Zone' came from rehearsals for a live performance at the Vortex Dome at the Los Angeles Center Studios in 2013 (the results of which can be found on the superb double CD set `Alive in the Vortex' released in December 2015), as well as pieces of music that originated from the concert itself. Over an almost three year period, certain ideas evolved into the seventy-three minute long-form self-titled piece presented here, and in a year full of endlessly inspired releases from the artist, this one might just be one of the very best of them. `Vortex Immersion Zone' is darkly psychedelic, eerie and mysterious with surprising moments of great heaviness, the slyest of subtle grooves and plenty of the expected droning ever-evolving Roach soundscapes.

A churning psychedelic ripple spirals and unfolds in and out of the entire piece and takes on a drowsy hypnotic blurring surrender, while behind it, a building faraway rumble and sustaining washes of electronic veils gradually take hold, growing carefully in presence with a thick enveloping haze. Clipping programmed loops slowly enter, slinking grooves subtly lurch with reverberating cavernous groans rising in consuming power before being swept away by placid serenity, but a last minute twist teases a return to unease and mystery once more.

It's a bit of a shame that this release perhaps got a little lost in the blur of not only the live concert CD performance it was released alongside, but a string of constant releases from last year as well (including over seven studio albums, archive compilations, live performances and multi-disk box- sets!), as well as several previous works with the `Immersion' word in the title. It's therefore probably easy to dismiss this as some sort of mere `bonus disc' to accompany the defining live work it originates from, but to do so would be a big mistake. Perhaps it could have been half its length and still been just as effective, and inexperienced ambient/electronic listeners might find the constant droning elements a challenge, but `Vortex Immersion Zone is bold and confident, completely captivating and powerful one moment, drifting dreamily the next. It's truly a work originating from a master of the related genres, and it just might be one of the most distinctive and addictive studio works Roach released in 2015.

Four stars.

(Note - Also look into to a wildly different interpretation of this piece on another live release "Pinnacle Moments - Live in Tucson" from early 2016 under the title `Going Gone', where it incorporates looping tribal drums, wafting flute and a run of twitchy beats with sly bass murmurs - great stuff!)

 Invisible by ROACH, STEVE album cover Studio Album, 2015
3.68 | 6 ratings

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Invisible
Steve Roach Progressive Electronic

Review by richardgurtler

5 stars Steve Roach "Invisible" CD

Steve Roach, the genius ambient soundforger, is known for his numerous legendary long-form releases. "Invisible", released though his Timeroom Editions imprint at February 13th, is the latest one, if I count physical editions only, released just in time before Steve Roach's two live shows at the Galactic Center in Tucson, Arizona at February 13th & 14th. Originally, a slightly shorter, 58 minutes long version was released at 2015 New Year's Day as a New Year's gift for all Steve's dedicated journeyers. The CD was released in limited edition of 300 copies, while the first 100 copies were signed and hand numbered by the artist, but it quickly sold out.

Created during the last cold and rainy days of 2014 over the Timeroom, the journey quickly dives into fascinatingly unfolding euphonious soundfields exquisitely displaying Steve's window and patio views of shadowy, gently sloping Rio Rico terrains guarded by Mount Shibell and immersed by breathtakingly dramatic cloud formations. Deepest sonic meditation has just begun!!! Aural bliss unfathomably invades my listening room, The Dream Alive memories from February 15th awake, while heading for the Timeroom with Steve and the tribe, we are approaching this cloudscaping rainy spectacle, this must be the call of the Timeroom's magic!!! Precisely layered and traversed, melting meticulously the very best of ambient and dark ambient billows with perplexingly ear-tickling fragments and ghostly groans continuously permeating through this massively embracing stratum, while strikingly intangible tribal groove rides atop, giving extra workout to my speakers. There is no way to escape, so all you can do is to connect profoundly to the wizard's sanctum, close your eyes and let his intense and monumental earmarks reveal all its magic, sheer atmospheric grace awaits here!!! But don't hesitate to choose also an headphone journey, it's fully rewarding as well. After about 25 minutes distant beat inconspicuously dissolves into hauntingly coalesced mass of dronescapes, spectacularly nuanced and crescendoed. Towards the 40th minute groovier feel resurfaces, drives sharper and guides the composition into warmly mesmerizing, organic-infused fields, reinforced by piercing cyber-tech rumbles. Sonic turmoil escalates and climaxes before 50th minute, when an utterly jaw-dropping transition conquers. A truly magical heavy drone escapade steals the show, merging splendidly majestic, yet gloriously enigmatic magma with erupting high-tech scraps and click-clacks. Thrillingly crepuscular, extraordinarily adventurous and intriguingly mindscaping 20-minute conclusion, a pure eargasm, welcome to the Drone Pantheon!!!

With "Invisible" Steve Roach reveals the very best of his most nebulous soundcarving, the title couldn't be more precise!!! This is undoubtedly another ultimate long-form 70-minute jewel, I even won't hesitate to write a milestone, bravo Maestro!!! Last but not least, all above lines are just my personal feelings about this recording, but this CD will be always a very special one to me. After exploring the first digital version, I didn't have any idea there is a CD version in the pipeline until the evening of February 12th, when Steve gave me this CD during our first ever personal meeting at the Hotel Congress Pub in Tucson. As most of you know already, I was Living The Dream between February 11th and 19th!!! Please excuse me for being more personal during these lines, but to me, this is a truly essential part of this journey!!! For all those who missed this CD version, I will always pray for its reissue, but since the Master constantly takes care of reissuing his out of print titles, I see there a glimpse of light. Until then you can always grab the extended 70-minute digital version. Do it, because "Invisible" is a sonic phenomenon!!!

Richard Gürtler (Apr 26, 2015, Bratislava, Slovakia)

 Live in Tucson: Pinnacle Moments by ROACH, STEVE album cover Live, 2016
4.90 | 2 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

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.

Thanks to Philippe Blache for the artist addition.

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