Dust to Dust
by Mark Burbey, Alternative Press
Steve Roach's relationship with the desert has long sustained his spirit and fed his muse. After looking toward these desert vistas for visions deep within and far beyond the earth, Roach pays homage to the brave souls who forged the hard road west. Joined by fellow Arizonian and guitarist Roger King to form DUST TO DUST, they combine their talents to create music that poignantly captures an era often forgotten by time or trivialized by cliché. Roach’s deep synths and King’s Kottkesque guitars sing and moan, allowing the sound to tell the story of an era when pioneers risked everything in pursuit of new worlds and promised fortunes. And reminiscent of Charles Bronson’s identifier in Once Upon a Time In the West, Roach pulls a harmonica out of his pocket to reveal yet another instrument he can play with innate virtuosity.
Like a dark ambient soundtrack for a modern western, the emotional truth that lives in this music speaks of a greater human reality than any of the trials and tribulations we suffer today. Like a ghost train winding through layers of memory and history, DUST TO DUST has the mystery and allure of 150-year-old photographs of strangers whose eyes and stoic faces suggest a thousand untold stories.