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Empetus - Expanded Digital Edition

by Steve Roach

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Crinklechips This is almost certainly my fave Steve Roach album. Unfortunately it is (I believe) unique in his catalogue. Short, punchy electronica from the 80’s that I believe is peerless.

There are also two bonus, super long tracks at the end that are also very tasty if you want to trance out… Favorite track: Empowerment.
Wes Moynihan
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Wes Moynihan A stunning collection of pulsating electronica. Back in 1986, this must have felt like like a lifeline to fans already lamenting Tangerine Dream's slide into mediocrity. My favorite track from the original LP is Empowerment, but it's a close tie with the unbearably intense, album-length Harmonia Mundi Favorite track: Empowerment.
Demonic Sweaters
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Demonic Sweaters Very underrated SR album, one of my favorites. I've always loved it. The Memory really makes me feel nostalgic and a sense of longing every time I hear it. Favorite track: The Memory.
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mysticwolf75 Thanks for the NYP deal on this, Steve! It's still a personal favorite, so much so that I bought it on CD 3 times - the Fortuna version, the Projekt 2CD version in 2008, and the more recent single digipak. Nice to have it digital now, too! Favorite track: Empowerment.
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Arrival 04:25
Seeking 05:36
Conquest 06:08
Empowerment 04:01
Twlight Heat 03:15
Merge 06:24
Urge 06:25
The Memory 05:51
Release 26:27


THE EXPANDED DIGITAL EDITION..... with two bonus tracks from the same era. NOW HERE ON TIMEROOM DIRECT FOR THE FIRST TIME! 9-18-2021

Roach’s 5th solo album from 1986, this came on the scene with a bold, concise, optimistic sonic boom in the form of 9 pieces, breaking the mold of long form European sequencer based pieces of time. If you want cut to the chase listen to the track Empowerment to get the full hit. For the gear heads the heart and soul that is felt here was manifested through the Oberheim system.

John Diliberto ((( echoes ))) wrote in 2010: “This may be the most concise Steve Roach album and came at the end of his sequencer phase, his last flame-out on Berlin school electronics. But he was already taking it somewhere new. Unlike Roach’s usual CD long expanses, these are bite-size compositions that do their job, quickly, efficiently and with every moment counting. Roach leaves you breathless in a maze of synchronized spinning patterns only to pick you up and send you whirling again.”



released September 18, 2019

The Early Years – a digital bonus:

The digital-only bonus, entitled The Early Years, features two amazing long-form sequencer pieces circa 1982. The first piece, “Harmonia Mundi,” was recorded live in the L.A.-based Timeroom with Swiss-born electronic musician Thomas Ronkin. At 45 minutes, this is one of the more possessed and intense analog sequencer trance pieces you’re likely to hear. “Release” is a 24-minute solo statement of emotion and energy connected to the early years of Steve’s evolution in sound, harkening to Now and Traveler.


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