Steve Roach "The Passing" CD
"The Passing" was initially released as a surprise gift by Steve Roach on his birthday at February 16th, 2017 as "name your price" digital download , but fortunately also a limited CD version was immediately announced. 4-panel digipak edition, limited to 300 copies with immersing cover image by Sam Rosenthal, followed in the middle of March and it's quite obvious I couldn't miss another long-form epic carved by one of the truest masters of this format. Although recorded during a five-day period prior to above mentioned Steve's birthday, the origins of this composition go back to the second half of the 90's when "Dreaming... Now, Then: A Retrospective 1982 - 1997" 2CD compilation was released on Celestial Harmonies. And there can be celebrated among many other essentials also a piece entitled "The Passing Time", a 12-minute unreleased archive track from 1997, which closes the second disc and presents Steve Roach at the most majestic vertex of his aural profoundness. Now this utterly poignant delight has been reshaped and expanded to a fully engrossing one hour of emotional exquisiteness. The mastering credit, as usual, goes to kindred wizard Howard Givens.
Droning sonic insignias, invading my listening room with reverberating infinity, are persistently propelled by spirally ascending reflections. Warmly evocative meridians clandestinely permeate across and join this meticulously layered multi-dimensional stratum. Around the 18th minute soulfully voluminous vistas steal the spectacle before serenely dissolving into sweepingly breathtaking horizons. The aural magic of Steve Roach once again fully reveals all its ambrosial hallmarks and I am delving deeply into his atmospheric oasis I have been always exhaustively fascinated with. When heading towards the 30th minute mark, slightly calmer glimpses arise, however still abundantly expansive with awe-inspiring climaxes. Then again quietly metamorphosing towards balmier landscapes counterpointed with amorphously lithe gracefulness that can't be anyone else but The Master. Yet auxiliary apexes continuously emerge with ear-bending intensity, but then, while approaching approximately the 48th minute, the composition starts its halcyon move to full blossom and it reaches its ingenious pinnacle, when transmuting through gorgeously heartwarming mirages into absolutely blissful all-embracing sonic euphoria. And it happens again and again with each spin, I am drifting through the emotionally magnified sonic Eden into the resonant silence with goosebumps on my arms...
Recorded in the remembrance of lost loved ones, "The Passing" dives into the most intense, yet nectarously sumptuous, harmoniously gratifying and luminously eulogistic zones of heart-rending contemplations ever sculpted by Steve Roach. After nebulously subterrestrial monument "Fade To Gray", released only several weeks earlier, the listener experiences here another opus in the Master's dedication to the long-form magnificence. As far I know, only few copies are left with no re-prints in the future, so if you are still craving for the physical version, don't wait any second, once "The Passing" CD is gone, it's gone just like it happened to other milestone "Invisible"! Also don't forget to explore also "Painting In The Dark" and "Spiral Revelation", both CDs were released at New Year's Eve 2016 together with "Fade To Gray". And the next colossal chapter "Long Thoughts" is coming this summer!!!
Richard Gürtler (May 17, 2017, Bratislava, Slovakia)
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