Slow, dark, ambient instrumental: The ever-mysterious Steve Roach consistently produces high quality, unsettling soundscapes that play like a soundtrack to your next full-moon ritual. The only instruments credited on the finely crafted work are an ebow, a fretless bass, and processed electric guitar. Roach obviously uses his axe in the manner which most musicians would operate a standard synthesizer. The mood is heavy, but the music floats on by you, weightless like an apparition hovering on a bed of warm air. With cryptic song titles like "Ancestors Circle," "Deadwood," and "Broken Town" aptly chilling the vibe, the tracks begin creeping cohesively through the aural journey like the liquid mist that swirls around the lunar visage on the eerily beautiful album cover. Darkwave fans accustomed to being continuously assaulted by images and sound bites in today's cut-and-paste media reality are advised to obtain this guided meditation of soothing serenades. Fire up the lava lamp, light the candles, and rest your wine glass on the Ouiji board. This David Lynch-ian escapade is more than a sonic wallpaper that passes for experimental music in many new age sects. MIDNIGHT MOON is pure, supernatural bliss.