Stephen Roach | Closer to the Burning

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Closer to the Burning

by Stephen Roach

Utilizing instrumentation from cross cultural genres and styles, Closer to the Burning is an explorative musical pilgrimage rooted in genuine spiritual devotion.
Genre: Rock: Folk Rock
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1. Beloved
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2. Into Life
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3. Sun of Righteousness
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4. Room Enough to Dream
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5. Becomung Fire
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6. Everlasting Love
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7. Thin Places
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8. He Reigns
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9. Deeper
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10. The Diamond Sea
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Album Notes
Songwriter and percussionist Stephen Roach comes from a long line of wanderers. From Scandinavian Vikings to French Huguenots, Roach's forebears were a searching, seeking people. They sought the freedom of wide open spaces and new lands. Their wandering eventually led them to America -to the mountains of North Carolina, where their collective restlessness found a harbor in the music of the hills and in the heights of the Appalachians.

A similarly restless quality marks Stephen Roach's music. Though inflected with the tones of his ancestors, Roach's sound wanders into previously uncharted territory. His feet may be planted firmly in the American soil of rock n' roll and folk, but Roach's heart beats out a rhythm from across the waters. From hurdy gurdies to hammer dulcimers, Roach reaches beyond the pale of Western music to embrace modes and melodies of the Middle East, Eastern Europe and Asia

As the frontman for the experimental acoustic group, Songs of Water, Stephen Roach has been no stranger to ethnic music and freeform improvisation. However, on his first solo album, Closer to the Burning, Roach moves away from strict abstraction and ambience into the confines of a more traditional Western song form. And he sings. Capturing a kind of college rock feel, Closer to the Burning showcases Roach's voice and gentle lyricism in a way that invites comparison to indie rock darlings, both past and present.

Roach's subject matter tends to the esoteric--the pursuit of a hidden lover; the practice of the presence of God. In Closer to the Burning, Roach writes like a restless poet, burning to tell of his experiences with things unseen. That fact is underscored by his winding, sprawling melodies. From punctuated drones to hook-laden piano lines, the music serves the mood of Roach's devotion. And though he obviously counts himself as a man of faith, there is room in Roach's music to roam--beyond the pale of staid institutions and strict traditionalisms. This, of course, should come as no surprise. Stephen Roach is, after all, the son of wanderers.


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M. Morrison

Get it! It's good!
Closer to the Burning is a collaberative project that beautifully harnesses a balanced measure of contrasting qualities, textures, and dynamics emphasizing a broad range and use of unique percussive, droning, instrumentation that sings and melds with vocal contributors that provide compelling complimentary contrasts and blends in a whirl of being ushered into an interactive experience exploring the theme of worship.


closer to the burning
my favorite meditative spiritual album. exquisite.

Virginia Dweck

reverberating in my mind
I played the clips & thought "cool" but it's way better than cool. It's proof that God can redeem anykind of music, from any culture, from any instrument. It's got a hint of indian raga and a few pinches of newage, and a sprinkle or two of a few other culture's musics, and it's really good! It hasn't been out of my car stereo since I got it 5 days ago!

Nathanael Wills

This album is amazing this album really brings the presance of God into the room another great muscian from morningstar Ministries