Bloom Ascension album cover
Bloom Ascension

Steve Roach


Steve Roach’s work has been so suited for the CD and then the streaming era that it’s sometimes hard to remember a time when he was limited to vinyl and cassette length options. But Roach himself hasn’t forgotten and in the same way he carefully works with older gear as desired, 2019’s Bloom Ascension is a self-conscious and striking callback to those days. Consisting of four short pieces, the longest at sixteen minutes and the shortest at six, it’s a lovely dip into a favored blend of floating textures and bubbling sequencer progressions.

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