Painting In The Dark

by Steve Roach

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Neil W.
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Neil W. My overall favorite Roach release. Each track has its own unique short form character yet together comprise a longer form that is expressed throughout the album.
Brian McWilliams
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Brian McWilliams If you're like me, every once in a while you land on a Steve Roach release that pushes all the right buttons. There's a lot of variation here in these six songs and a cohesion that holds it all together as well. Each song presents a different mood, relying on long, swelling masses of sound that seem to hang in a warm dense fog. The mastering here is top notch too - the sense of control and balance augments each track perfectly. Love the cover art on this one! Highly recommended!
JR Wiley
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JR Wiley Painting... That's just what this music is. Steve is a Master Painter with sound and the human spirit. All the layers of "glazing" reveal the colors, tones and shapes on the canvas. I love it.
favorite track: Painting At The Edge
Biff Johnson and Shelley Andrews
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Biff Johnson and Shelley Andrews Highlight for the new year already ! The spectral worlds offered are a mix of sonic and psychic . There is something going on in here which evokes thoughts, ideas, and memories.Phosphene View is a masterpiece among others on this journey. Incredible. Favorite track: Phosphene View.
Wayne Upchurch
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Wayne Upchurch As a volunteer at public radio WHQR (Wilmington, NC) in the late 80's-early 90's I ran the board during our broadcast of Hearts of Space. Your music resonated with me from the beginning; one evening when I was the most raw I have ever felt, the opening phrase of your music brought me my first full breath in months.This work does seem to have more "spiritual"/emotional feel than some; I hear more subtlety. Your music is often my bedside "settling in" score. Aho. Favorite track: Threshold.
Richard Gürtler
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Richard Gürtler Steve Roach keeps vital all his creative wizardry, propelled on 74-minute "Painting In The Dark" by magnificent essences of eonian driftscaping. These sonic meditations allow each listener to connect deeply to the oasis, where the Master shares his nocturnally spirited insignias of sheer atmospheric splendor. "Painting In The Dark" offers a massively enveloping and thrillingly resonating listening experience, obviously a must-have album!!!
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In this new atmospheric opus, pioneering composer and artist of the transcendent - Steve Roach explores the confluence of texture, tonality, sonic abstraction, continuity and space with a set of 6 interconnected paintings in motion. The spirituality of sound is central within these emotional landscapes with infinite horizons. In the way a visual artist mixes their colors and utilize the natural light-infused ambience of the studio to support the piece as it evolves, Roach initiated these mystical sonic states under the influence of the late hours at night. Within the shroud of natural darkness and a few low level lights in the studio supporting the creative flow, these paintings in the dark were born. Steve often finds parallels in his creative process to that of a painter or sculptor and aspired in this direction before discovering electronic music as his main form of artist expression. Painting in the Dark presents an aesthetic that is unique to Roach’s work – embracing the mystery and wonder of sound as a constant evolving companion to the ongoing bloom of consciousness.


released December 31, 2016

Cover art by Steve Matson
Graphic design by Sam Rosenthal
Mastered by Howard Givens


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As a pioneering cornerstone of ambient-atmospheric-electronic music, internationally-renowned artist Steve Roach has dedicated four decades to exploring myriad soundworlds that connect with a timeless source of inspiration.


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