Steve Roach Update: Sigh of Ages Now Shipping|
July 17, 2010
Greetings Soundcurrent friends,
Just a quick update: Sigh of Ages has arrived from the factory, and is now shipping. All pre-orders have been processed and shipped.
Sigh of Ages: The Hypnagogue Review
Crafted during what Roach describes as extended periods of solitude and personal reflection, Sigh of Ages understandably looks back over Roach's shoulder and is unapologetically nostalgic in spots, from the frequent familiarity of tone and structure to the use of older equipment, including a 40-year-old Arp String Ensemble. At the same time, however, Sigh of Ages has the freshness of imposing the craft of the artist of now on the artist of then to alcheimize the two periods into a unique flow. "The View From Here" is such a track, where the sequencer-driven Steve who first tapped and twiddled knobs in the 80's and then returned to his analog synths 20 years later, works crisply across the top of a mellow drift brought in by the Structures From Silence-era Steve by way of virtually all his endless deep-looping excursions since.
There are also passages here that are as outrightly melodic as Roach has allowed himself to be in quite a while. "Morning of Ages" is an outpouring of emotion that borders on a wordless confessional. It packs feelings of remorse, longing and possibility — or perhaps what you hear in it is what you bring to it. But you will hear it.
While it may sound entirely too posturingly metaphysical to say so, Sigh of Ages imparts a feeling of bare-souled honesty in every track, and this is what, in part, makes it such a stunningly gorgeous CD. It is Roach telling you that this is who he was, and is, and wanted to be, and hopes still to be, all in one go. From a listening standpoint it's deep and surrounding, warm and, in spots, pleasantly energetic. This is a disc you will be listening to over and over.
Kudos also go to Chuck van Zyl for his content-perfect cover photography.
Sigh of Ages is a Hypnagogue Highly Recommended CD.
— John Shanahan