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Steve Roach


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4.00 | 3 ratings

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4 stars Slow paced electronics for slow paced times.

Steve Roach's "Etheric Imprints", 2015, displays in its 4 tracks, the more dark/ambiental structures of his past 2000-2008 works.

Etheric Imprints, its first track, reminds me of Eno's slow paced piano works. The thrill actually relies on the distant back structure which conveys all the reverb of its harmonics at the time it constructs its own and free- flowing melody line. Like listening to two entirely different tracks simultaneously at close and far range. There it lies its true beauty.

Indigo Shift, track 2, inverses the roles and the back structure comes forward displaying its mysterious dark mood, more in tune with Roach's obscure/abstract environments, with an added energy of subtle cacophonies that turn this restless piece towards the early cosmic music stylings in a very refined manner.

Holding Light, the third piece, builds itself upwards with sheer, even dramatic, string like chords, alongside a slow circling electronic tunnel that moves backwards. The contrast of opposing sounds adds for the deepness and urgency that ties the whole piece.

Track 4, The Way Forward, rises from the remnants of the previous piece and acts as a nostalgic closure, to a rather personal and emotional musical journey. Its solitary melody line flows through some of the hidden background highlights of its elder sisters to a perfect ending.

****4 PA stars.

admireArt | 4/5 |


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