Structures From Silence
by Mark Burbey, Alternative Press
Reissue of ambient classic that set the standard for everything that followed.
Back when ambient and deep-space music were called New Age, and amid so many now-forgotten releases from anyone with a synthesizer and an index finger, there appeared an instant classic by a rising star. Steve Roach had just begun to make a name for himself with a series of sequencer-oriented albums when he released STRUCTURES FROM SILENCE in 1984. Over three deceptively simple tracks, "Reflections in Suspension," "Quiet Friend" and the still unequaled title piece, Roach forged innovative sounds. Over the years, many listeners have praised the album's therapeutic and meditative qualitites, but STRUCTURES FROM SILENCE remains foremost a work of the heart, with tracks like "Quiet Friend" forever evoking an aura of melancholic solitude. Whatever Brian Eno may have set in motion with his landmark Ambient series, Roach took a step further by creating something with a resounding sense of humanity and emotion.