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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
Remastered
Projekt Records 2005
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Second NatureSecond Nature
Projekt Records 2016
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BiosonicBiosonic
Projekt Records 2016
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Mystic Chords & Sacred Spaces (part 1)Mystic Chords & Sacred Spaces (part 1)
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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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Projekt Records 2014
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Empetus (2-CD Collector's Edition)Empetus (2-CD Collector's Edition)
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Projekt Records 2008
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STEVE ROACH discography


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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
3.29 | 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
4.78 | 4 ratings
Trance Spirits
2002
4.00 | 4 ratings
Darkest Before Dawn
2002
3.50 | 2 ratings
New Life Dreaming
2005
4.00 | 3 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
4.29 | 6 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
3.49 | 3 ratings
Vortex Immersion Zone
2015
4.00 | 2 ratings
Emotions Revealed
2015
3.67 | 5 ratings
Invisible
2015
4.00 | 1 ratings
Biosonic (Steve Roach & Robert Logan)
2016
3.98 | 3 ratings
Second Nature (Steve Roach & Robert Logan)
2016
0.00 | 0 ratings
This Place To Be
2016

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
3.50 | 2 ratings
Steve Roach - Live at Grace Cathedral (2010)
2010
5.00 | 1 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)

3.92 | 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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 Second Nature (Steve Roach & Robert Logan) by ROACH, STEVE album cover Studio Album, 2016
3.98 | 3 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 | 3 ratings

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

Review by admireArt
Collaborator PSIKE Team

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
4.00 | 1 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

— First review of this album —
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
3.49 | 3 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
3.67 | 5 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
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.

 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.

 Emotions Revealed by ROACH, STEVE album cover Studio Album, 2015
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.

 Vortex Immersion Zone by ROACH, STEVE album cover Studio Album, 2015
3.49 | 3 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.

 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

Thanks to Philippe Blache for the artist addition.

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