by Matt Borghi, BugSound
When I first popped this disc in, I wasn't sure what to expect. Would I be getting some of that quasi-tribal Roach stuff, or would I be getting the atmosphere, of which Mr. Roach is the master? I was in for a pleasant surprise: Roach does guitar.
This is a fantastically dark atmospheric recording where Roach uses the guitar in his own way, but also in a way similar to Jeff Pearce. Jeff Pearce is undoubtedly the current reigning master of Guitambience, but nobody can touch Steve when he puts it down an idea in the Timeroom. MIDNIGHT MOON is one fantastic, slowly-evolving masterpiece after another. While this disc came out almost a year ago, it just came to my box in the last month or so.
Actually I remember some folks talking about this recording on one of my newsgroups. It's hard to elaborate on a Steve Roach recording. Roach's recordings are always of audiophile quality, always of superior artistry, and no matter how many releases he puts out each one sounds like a wonderful production that brought to life by Roach's love for the contemplative music that he creates.
MIDNIGHT MOON is an excellent recording and one that is definitely perfect for late-night winter contemplation, as is the case as I type this in a snow-dreary Detroit, Michigan. Great job Steve and great job to Projekt for creating an outlet for such unique and powerful works.