Now / Traveler
by Darren Bergstein, Muze
Compiling two of Roach's earliest recordings on one disc, NOW / TRAVELER, though indicative of a marked Germanic influence (though decidedly more Klaus Schulze than Tangerine Dream), revealed the young Steve Roach as a synthesist of limitless imagination and broad compositional depth. The thrust of his synthesized matrices evinces realms of austere metallic beauty, worlds yet to be explored, topographies hosting civilizations caught between the rugged girth of the past and the brilliance of a better future. Ideally, allow this music to simply flow over and through you: "Growth Sequence" hurtles the participant into an Escher maze of reflective sequencer tapestries; "Cloud Motion" and "Light Sound" are gorgeous pieces of ambient expressionism that hint at the future (STRUCTURES FROM SILENCE, QUIET MUSIC); "Traveler" is a quixotic exploration through a post-Schulze digi-zone of stormy synth riffs and sequencer majesty. NOW / TRAVELER launched Roach's qualitative talent onto an unsuspecting world – a harbinger of things to come.