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4 Ratings
CandiceMichelle1 ,

Another fine album of ambient-space and Berlin School EM

On Molecules of Motion, ambient/electronic music veteran Steve Roach once again revisits the electrically dynamic, sequencer-based sound structures of prior albums such as Spiral Revelation and Life Sequence. Comprised of four tracks spanning approximately 74 minutes, Molecules of Motion is a compositionally rhythmic yet entirely drumless aural excursion crafted around seemingly ionic and illuminating currents. The opening title track, “Molecules of Motion”, fades in with fast-spinning sequencers in constant motion that seemingly pierce through a smoky veil like lightening flashing in a cloud. Metamorphosing continuously throughout, the piece effectively induces a trance-like state with its tenebrous timbres and subtly-shifting chord figures. Buzzing sequencer patterns ripple outwards on “Grace Meditation” of which seemingly create an electrically-charged environment, while the spaciously liquid-like “Phase Reverie” injects comparatively more sparseness between sequenced notes. The first two-thirds of the final piece, “Empath Current”, is sequencer-driven, while the remaining one-third of the track dissolves these elements into the composition’s serenely beautiful backdrop of spacey tonal fluctuations. Adding another impressive layer to Roach’s extensive and ever-evolving body of work, Molecules of Motion is another fine album in the field of both ambient-space and Berlin School mode of electronic music!

rchever ,

Who Knows?

I've been listening to Steve Roach since "Structures in Silence"--music that simply doesn't age.

This is what you could call "Fast Roach," and it is his most musically complex, compelling, and powerful music; a real late-Beethoven musical statement (compare how Beethoven simply can't bring himself to end the 9th symphony with Roach fading away on 'Molecules," adieux, then comes back, again and again to the motif, which he has been twisting and sculpting for, what? He plays tricks both with time (inside the music and in your perception of it.

I don't think you will ever hear this music quite the same way from one play to the next--because it invites you descend into its tracks of synth lines, then drift out, sliding across the great washes of pure sound, then back in for another dive. This is music with colors--mauve, electric purple, thin glazes of cadmium yellow, washes of fern-green--it'll be different for you if you slump back and close your eyes, which have maybe seen too much of life and folly...haven't they?

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