As one-half of the band Zombi, Steve Moore has spent the last ten years straddling the line between being a full-blown progressive rocker and a champion of the berlin school electronic sound. Steve’s debut solo release, ‘The Henge’ (2007, Relapse Records) showcased Moore’s ability as not only a stupendous keyboardist but also as a fantastic arranger. Tracks like “Cepheid” are pure Tangerine Dream inspired berlin school electronica, whereas “Infinite Resignation” dabbled more into his progressive rock past. His work in the progressive rock band Titan (as their bassist) and working with bands like Maserati has only enhanced Steve’s “street cred” as a champion of the genre for those in the know.
Fast forward five years, and it’s apparent where Steve’s true musical vision has laid itself. Between his work with Daniel O’Sullivan in Miracle, his work with Paterra in Zombi and now, with his brand new solo release, ‘Light Echoes’, Steve clearly enjoys bathing in the electronic pool first swam by legends Klaus Schulze, Manuel Gottsching (Ash Ra Temple) and Edgar Frose (Tangerine Dream). Whereas Schulze, Gottsching and Frose didn’t have the technology that Moore has at his disposal today, Moore has found today’s technology to be more of a hindrance than a help.
The impetus for ‘Light Echoes’, Moore claims, first came to light when trying to play this complex material live. “After a couple years of awkward, laptop-driven live sets, I realized I was doing it wrong,” Moore explains. “I was looking at these shows only from my perspective, too concerned with how I could re-produce my songs live to realize that these songs didn’t work in a live setting anyway. I thought about what I, as a member of the audience, would enjoy, and came to the conclusion that ‘songs’ are basically the last thing I want to hear when I see a guy bring a bunch of synthesizers on stage. I want to hear sounds. I want to hear what those synthesizers can do. Which brings us to this new album.”
With ‘Light Echoes’, there is no denying Moore’s love of 70’s German based electronic decadence. In creating the six tracks that make up the album, his instrumentation is a combination of both past and present: ARP, Dave Smith, Elka, Korg and Sequential Circuits, not to mention using Moog and Electro-Harmonix Effects banks (among others). It’s with this arsenal that led Moore, a librarian by day, to work on the material in his home studio between August of 2011 and February of 2012. Don’t think for a second, however, that ‘Light Echoes’ is simply a rehash of the berlin school etiquette of years past. In fact, you could say that ‘Light Echoes’ takes those inspirations and re-introduces them in a way that only Moore can.
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