Exposé Online banner

Steve Roach — Fade to Gray
(Timeroom Editions TM41, 2017, CD)

by Peter Thelen, Published 2017-03-22

Fade to Gray Cover art

A Companion release to Painting in the Dark, which I eviewed a couple weeks ago, Fade to Gray is a similar endeavor but without a lot of the melodic color and variation that Painting provided; this is one focused more on textures, although slower swells of muted colors run regular interference across the vast palette that it encompasses. This is a single track that clocks in a few seconds shy of 74 minutes, and the title fits the music perfectly, as does the cover art. Imagine floating through a warm cloud with limited visibility, where vague sounds, lights and shapes punctuate the distance, like peering off the bow of a ship as it passes through a heavy fog in the early morning. Nothing pierces the fog other than distant hints of variation, motion, and occasional brighter highlights, comprising elements all merging in a confluence of textures. Yes, this is much darker and less colorful that the companion release, but the vastness, detail and beauty found herein convey something much larger, with a seemingly infinite amount of emotional depth, in a spiraling cauldron that one can get completely lost within. With no apoloies, I’m not even going to try and speculate on how the composer produced all the textures that make up these mysterious shimmering soundscapes, but it’s probably best that the listener doesn’t think about it anyway, and just accept the complete engulfment that Fade to Gray provides.


Filed under: New releases, 2017 releases

Related artist(s): Steve Roach

Latest news

2017-10-18
Phil Miller RIP – Sad word reaches us today of the passing of another of the great musicians of the Canterbury Scene — guitarist Phil Miller. His distinctive sound added greatly to Matching Mole, Hatfield and the North, and National Health, and he also contributed to albums by Caravan, Dave Stewart $amp; Barbara Gaskin, and many others. He was 68. » Read more

2017-10-13
Moonjune to Distribute Tony Levin's Back Catalog – It has been announced that Moonjune will now handle distribution for Tony Levin's catalog of releases. These great albums will now be a bit easier to get hold of, so check out the site and see what you're missing. The veteran of King Crimson and Stick Men worked with a host of great players on these albums, and we've reviewed most of them over the course of the years. » Read more

2017-09-26
Bandcamp Shines Light on Niches We Like – Bandcamp has developed into one of the best places to discover new music, and even a lot of old music is showing up there. In addition, their staff has been producing periodic articles spotlighting some interesting stylistic areas. On 20 September, they published one called "The New Face of Prog Rock" which bears checking out. » Read more

2017-09-06
Holger Czukay RIP – Holger Czukay, a musical experimentalist without boundaries who has been involved with expanding the sound palette of rock music since the late 60s, has died at the age of 79. After studying with Karlheinz Stockhausen in the early 60s, he became fascinated with the possibilities of rock music, and was a co-founder of the pioneering group Can. He leaves behind an impressive body of work both as musician and producer. » Read more

2017-08-22
John Abercrombie RIP – Another of the greats of jazz guitar has left us. John Abercrombie plied his way through a beautiful series of albums on the ECM label as well as bringing his talent to bear on albums by many of jazz's greatest artists. From his early work in the group Dreams to Gateway and outstanding work with Billy Cobham, Jack DeJohnette, Kenny Wheeler, and many more to his own trios and quartets, he brought a unique instrumental voice to the world. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

FM - Retroactive: FM Archives Volume 1 – This Canadian trio is probably best known for their three late-seventies LPs Black Noise, Headroom and Surveillance (the first of which saw CD reissue a couple years ago), sci-fi powered progressive...  (1996) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues