New Age Voice
An ethereal masterpiece, MIDNIGHT MOON is a 73-minute odyssey into a nocturnal world; a slowly enveloping fog which subdues the listener, exposing him/her to an astmosphere of quiet contemplation coupled with a haunting backdrop of dark textures and drones which engulf and define ones perception of this beautiful landscape. Recorded with processed guitar, ebow, and fretless bass, MIDNIGHT MOON is a radical departure from the artist who in the past relied on synths to create his soundworlds. Having no technical understanding and very little experience with the conventional electric guitar, Roach has accomplished something rare and exciting: the ability to identify with the lister the sense of exploration into unfamiliar terrain. Listening to this album gives one the simulated journey experienced by an artist who employs an instrument from his own inner being with no preconditioned training or experience to guide him. The result is subjective, spontaneous creation of an inner world, which unfolds and expands as the music progresses. If the Flying Dutchman ever needed music to accompany its ghostly wanderings, this would be the wind in its sails.