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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 SilenceStructures from Silence
Remastered
Projekt Records 2001
Audio CD$15.05
$6.50 (used)
On This PlanetOn This Planet
Valley 2011
Audio CD$8.95
$4.49 (used)
Dreamtime ReturnDreamtime Return
Remastered
Projekt Records 2005
Audio CD$13.00
$15.29 (used)
Structures From Silence (30th anniversary 3-CD Remastered edition)Structures From Silence (30th anniversary 3-CD Remastered edition)
Remastered
Projekt Records 2014
Audio CD$18.71
$18.70 (used)
Shadow of TimeShadow of Time
Projekt Records 2016
Audio CD$11.99
$15.03 (used)
Empetus (2-CD Collector's Edition) by Projekt Records (2008-08-12)Empetus (2-CD Collector's Edition) by Projekt Records (2008-08-12)
Projekt Records; collectors_edition edition (2008-08-12)
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STEVE ROACH discography


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3.95 | 3 ratings
Now
1982
3.47 | 11 ratings
Structures From Silence
1984
3.40 | 5 ratings
Quiet Music 1
1986
0.00 | 0 ratings
Empetus
1986
3.36 | 14 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 | 8 ratings
The Magnificent Void
1996
4.67 | 8 ratings
Trance Spirits
2002
3.98 | 7 ratings
Darkest Before Dawn
2002
3.67 | 3 ratings
New Life Dreaming
2005
4.00 | 4 ratings
Arc of Passion
2008
4.51 | 5 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
4.37 | 11 ratings
Shadow of Time
2016
3.05 | 3 ratings
Fade To Gray
2016
4.52 | 4 ratings
Spiral Revelation
2016
4.00 | 2 ratings
Painting In The Dark
2016
4.00 | 2 ratings
THE PASSING
2017

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
0.00 | 0 ratings
The Early Years (rarities from the Empetus era)
2017

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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 THE PASSING by ROACH, STEVE album cover Studio Album, 2017
4.00 | 2 ratings

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THE PASSING
Steve Roach Progressive Electronic

Review by admireArt
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Dynamic stillness.

I will be the first one to distrust serial simultaneous releases, by any musician, even more, when they sum up to 3 or 4 or 5...but Steve Roach, for starters, is quiet a surprising musician/magician.

"The Passing", 2017, a one track, a bit short of an hour long composition, is simply enticing, hypnotic and extremely well crafted.

The permanent flow of its ethereal, but solid, minimalistic elements depicts a dynamic stillness which is not necessarily placid, as one may assume, when the word dream appears in a sentence.

No pulse driven sections nor deeply disturbing nightmarish symphonic like passages, the long melodic structures are linear and expansive the same as vaporous and delineated and they subtly emanate a detached nostagia which permeates the gliding atmospheres, adding up for a very personal human touch which connects anyone with its passing.

**** 4.5 PA stars.

 Painting In The Dark by ROACH, STEVE album cover Studio Album, 2016
4.00 | 2 ratings

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Painting In The Dark
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 upcoming electronic musician Robert Logan and a stunning archival live release `Pinnacle Moments', progressive electronic/ambient icon Steve Roach closed 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 and `Fade to Gray' a long-form moody drone, but this one, `Painting in the Dark' is a lightly psychedelic pure ambient work that carefully moves between dark and light. Frequently full of caressing movements and a lulling dream-like state, it also shifts into stark clouds of unease, but every time, the dark is ultimately consumed by embracing and hopeful light.

Opener `Threshold' undulates with serene lulls slowly pattered with a rain of magical rejuvenating glistenings, `I See Now' is a drowsy cavernous drawl with maddening ringing slivers and `Painting at the Edge' sweeps with a lightly cinematic dramatic elegance. The shorter `Orbit of Memory' offers emerging hope and sighing contentment, `Rapt in Moonlight' is teeming with life from rushing fluid soothing embraces, and `Phosphene View' is a shimmering, hallucinogenic closer that fizzes with a crystalline ethereal dreaminess.

`Painting in the Dark' perhaps presents Mr Roach at a good half way point. It lacks the more extreme unceasing free-form drones of his darker challenging works that can be difficult or unengaging for some ambient listeners, but it still holds plenty of long-form subtle unhurried drifts without employing any rhythmic elements or anything in the way of obvious themes (if you'd prefer those, look into the above mentioned `Spiral Revelation', which would be ideal for newcomers). This one likely won't win over too many new fans or change the minds of those who think Roach releases too many works in very similar styles, but established Roach followers will find plenty to appreciate here, and this intelligent, colourful and thoughtful work will prove a great reward for patient listeners.

Four stars.

 THE PASSING by ROACH, STEVE album cover Studio Album, 2017
4.00 | 2 ratings

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THE PASSING
Steve Roach Progressive Electronic

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

4 stars It's hard to comprehend, but American ambient/progressive-electronic icon Steve Roach has released four discs within the last eight weeks - three (`Fade to Gray', `Painting in the Dark' and `Spiral Revelation') literally on New Year's Eve of 2016, and now `The Passing', his first studio work of 2017. The fruits of an inspired five-day recording session leading up to his birthday on February 16th, Mr Roach felt an immediate release - available right now on digital download, with a CD version to come in mid-March - was necessary to truly capture that spontaneity and rush of inspiration of its origins, and an introspective and vivid pure ambient work full of swirling movement it is.

A single fifty-nine minute piece, `The Passing' has Roach presenting understated recurring musical themes in much the same manner as the title track off his sublime `Shadow of Time' album from 2016, which won't be instantly noticeable, but will unexpectedly reveal themselves on repeated quiet listens. He sedately employs delicate washing synth caresses over softly humming drones and pristine fluid sound collages, introducing and removing fizzy textures, ebbing and flowing aural veils and glistening magical waves over and over. Low-key more starkly dramatic and emotionally confronting darker qualities attempt to take hold from the background throughout but are always quickly defeated by coolly victorious and reassuring tones.

If you're a newcomer to Mr Roach's music and want to sample one of his purer ambient long-form pieces that don't feature any beats or rhythmic elements but don't have the patience for his challenging darker drone works, then `The Passing' is ideal, and it is full of constant movement that holds lighter and more embracing qualities. It likely won't convince those who believe Mr Roach repeats himself or releases too many albums, and perhaps it doesn't hold too many surprises, but taken on its own merits, the piece is completely immersive and deeply atmospheric, and it's still so satisfying that Roach refuses to deliver anything even remotely commercial or instantly obvious.

Four stars.

 Painting In The Dark by ROACH, STEVE album cover Studio Album, 2016
4.00 | 2 ratings

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Painting In The Dark
Steve Roach Progressive Electronic

Review by admireArt
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Steve Roach's "Painting in the Dark", the third late 2016 release, is slow paced intense as to demand full attention and time for it to flourish entirely to its avid listeners. Nevertheless what one encounters in its shimmering and mysterious long corridors keeps the attention span hooked by its creative flow and perfectly threaded transitions on each track (there are six) and between each other, which makes the whole experience both micro and macro conceptual.

There is a subtle and unusual encounter in some sections, composition wise, with contemporary classical music structures transposed to his own electronic music language of course, yet analog strings are present here and there as to make a clear statement of his inner drive and intention in those sections.

It is quiet amusing to mention that the impersonal, detached and somewhat unfriendly moods of this deep ride are probably its best attribute as they place the listener in unexplored cosmic territories in which common human emotions are no longer common thus enhancing its intriguing alien nature and its unorthodox and uncompromising beauty.

****4 PA stars.

 Spiral Revelation by ROACH, STEVE album cover Studio Album, 2016
4.52 | 4 ratings

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Spiral Revelation
Steve Roach Progressive Electronic

Review by admireArt
Prog Reviewer

5 stars Cool, attractive and tactically low keyed, but nevertheless totally creative cosmic-pulse driven electronics, coming from an always daring as prolific musician like Steve Roach is good news from any progressive electronic angle one can look into.

When this kind of sophistication occurs, everything turns to the basic premise of music composition. How well can you write enticing, deep and personal melody lines, which no matter when or how presented should trascend their natural state of sound to become tri-dimensional entities as real as our apparently solid flesh and bones? And of course be unique in doing so. Small feat!

"Spiral Revelation" released at the end of 2016 kind of makes up for a year of very few really surprising prog/electronic releases and does so with a bang!

*****5 "FULL" PA stars.

When the word "SPIRAL" appears in any of Steve Roach's albums, something is really cooking!

 Fade To Gray by ROACH, STEVE album cover Studio Album, 2016
3.05 | 3 ratings

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Fade To Gray
Steve Roach Progressive Electronic

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

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
4.52 | 4 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
4.37 | 11 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.

Thanks to Philippe Blache for the artist addition.

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