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by Robert Rich

Adrift on slack tide, trending out into the vestiges of fading light. Quietly slipping past the buoys, ever farther from shore's embrace.
Genre: Electronic: Ambient
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1. The Fading Shore of Memory
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2. Night Seas Luminesce
6:59 $0.99
3. Spectre of Lost Light
15:16 $0.99
4. Obscured by Leaf Shadows
5:27 $0.99
5. Equipoise and Dissolution
8:49 $0.99
6. Reborn in Brackish Pools
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7. Anchorless on Quiet Tide
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Album Notes
Robert Rich - MOTM and Euro modular, Haken Continuum, Piano,
DSI Prophet 12 and 6, lap steel guitar, Ocarina, PVC flutes.
Chari Chuang - Voice clouds on 3, 4
Dimitris Menexopoulos - Lyra clouds on 3

Recorded in 2016 at Soundscape Mountain View
Composed, Mixed and Mastered by Robert Rich ©2016 BMI

Gratitude to the Builders: DSI, SynthTech, Old Crow, STG,
Intellijel, Audio Damage, Haken and many more.
Love and thanks to Dixie. Dedicated my parents,
and to all who gave us life.

Photos © by Brad Cole, Design by John Bergin.


Here is a review from Sonic Immersion by Bert Strolenberg:

“Vestiges” began as the unspoken corollary to the strong concept album “What We Left Behind” and proves even more up close and personal. While traveling forward in his own imagination to experience the earth after human extinction, Robert Rich needed to push aside the brooding sense of melancholy and unfulfilled promise that accompanies thoughts of our own end. Well, “Vestiges” explores those feelings without apology, finding catharsis in the melancholy that hovers behind its predecessor … What initially starts out from a dense and dark place transforms slowly into a next level of emotive, organic-flavored and desolate soundscapes growing tenderer and reconciled as a kind of catharsis while facing the inevitable. It reaches a first highlight and transition on the mesmerizing intense “Spectre of Lost Light” where things dissolve in unity in the end. Immersion is deepened again on the hypnotizing textural “Obscured by Leaf Shadows” and “Equipoise and Dissolution”. Both velvet aural perfumes feel like a hallucinogenic and surreal desolate journey beyond. Toward the end, the solitary journey we all have to make seems to dwell on effortless, descending imminently into far-off, misty borderlands and ghostly plains on “Anchorless on Quiet Tide”. It was no repose or release I felt at the end but a brooding vast journey of darker sonic surrealism carrying on elsewhere. It makes “Vestiges” an in-depth and most compelling listening experience for all of us confronted with reality and what lies beyond.



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Richard Gurtler

"Vestiges" album is another virtuosically polished monument by this Californian
With "Vestiges" Robert Rich continues his tremendously enrapturing aural venture into tenebrously reflective terrains distinctively mirrored on magnificent "What We Left Behind" album. Precisely displayed by stunningly immersing cover images by photographer Brad Cole with additional design by John Bergin, both truly amazing kindred visual artists, who are tightly connected to Robert Rich's soundworlds for few decades already. Packaged in a really elegant 6-panel digipak, the album was released during November 2016 and as usual for each of Robert Rich's releases, the listener gets a true piece of art! So obviously I have to send kudos to all involved!

6-plus minutes long "The Fading Shore Of Memory" reveals the journey with nebulously meandering texture commingling nuanced expansive driftscape, signature lap steel guitar weeps, balmy organic quietudes, vague cyber-tech deflections, glimpsing introspective patterns and intangibly peculiar slams. The track precisely follows its title. "Night Seas Luminesce", clocking to 7-minute mark, seamlessly invades and shifts into slightly intenser drone cascades, yet exquisitely counterpointed by filigree stringed magic and poignantly engrossing piano minimalism. "Spectre Of Lost Light", running over 15 minutes, is I believe the track Robert Rich has composed as his own musical interpretation of the old Slavonic ritual of the Forefathers’ Eve for a special live performance on November 15th 2016 in Krakow, Poland. Intense desolate drones masterfully amalgamate with lower end abyssal magnitudes and hissy cyber-biotic scatters. The gates to the transcendental realms are fully unlocked, but then the ethereal voice clouds by Chari Chuang (also known from "Medicine Box" and "What We Left Behind") soften a bit the whole spectacle, before again diving into unfathomably engulfing sceneries reinforced by persistently towering and titillating tapestries. Towards the end deep drone hums resurrect and culminate with utterly mind-blowing voluminousness. A truly jaw-dropping epic listening experience awaits here, meticulously filled with intriguingly sinuous enigmas and staggeringly crescendoing meridians!!! Additional credit goes to Dimitris Menexopoulos, for using his Cretan lyra clouds. "Obscured By Leaf Shadows" is propelled by rather monochromatic layer, gliding through sublimely spacious zones, guarded by Chari Chuang's celestial voice-like washes with glancing ear-tickling reverberations, thrillingly coalesced with rattling natural symphonies and solitary deep bass undulations, and all marvelously bridged with gorgeously poetic piano glimmers. Another aural bliss and an ultimate Hall of Fame composition!!! Nearly 9 minutes long "Equipoise And Dissolution" unfolds with more ambiguous tiding motifs, permeated by remote voice samples with shattering fragments, while primordial flute curtains, contemplatively engulfing bells, diaphanously gentle chinks and outlying low-pitched sonorousness clandestinely sneak in and join this soothingly sweeping and majestically enrapturing scenario. Pure magic! Ambrosial natural sounds juxtapose with sequestered labyrinthine drones on "Reborn In Brackish Pools", with 3:40 the shortest track on "Vestiges". Auxiliary lap steel wails emerge as well and delve deeply into venturesomely perplexing subterranean domains. 16-minute closing "Anchorless On Quiet Tide" is fastidiously exhibited by its name, when ingeniously blending sparse piano musings and pristine littoral serenities with vaporously caliginous and euphoniously pondering images. A delightful sonic postcard painted by calm reminiscences and blurred horizons.

Over 62 minutes long "Vestiges" album is another virtuosically polished monument by this Californian mastermind! Yeah, and the sound quality is, as always, top-notch! We all must be enormously grateful for such artistic gift, brilliance and consistency, thank you so much, Robert!!! Since I am quite slow with my review schedule, Robert Rich has released in the meantime another two recordings, the first one is a collaborative effort with German touch guitar wizard Markus Reuter and it's entitled "Lift A Feather To The Flood". It was released during April 2017 on Robert's Soundscape Productions, 10 years after their first chapter "Eleven Questions". And the most recent is a double CD document "Live At The Gatherings 2015", this one is out since June 2017 on Industry8 label.

Richard Gürtler (Aug 31, 2017, Bratislava, Slovakia)