by Darren Bergstein, Muze
The awe and picturesque environs of the Southwest have long provided inspiration to writers and painters – what better way to bring out the desolation, expansiveness and metaphors of the region than via state-of-the-art electronics? Roach, of course, was already investigating the means whereby organica becomes electronica on the classic DREAMTIME RETURN set. Together with fellow synthesist Braheny, Roach again uses his amazing conceptual acumen to bring out the desert's unrevealed secrets. Listening to "In the Heat of Venus," you can also see the heathaze wafting through the air and circling the mountain's edges, sinuously weaving to a spell woven with kalimbas, woodblock percussion and synthesizers whose sounds are burned amber-red. "Desert Walkabout" embraces a more elegaic, serene, almost classical sensibility, shot through with Braheny's ghostly electronic wind instrument caterwauls, mock-harp spicing, delicate percussives and Roach's lonesome synth chords. Check your compass at the door and melt into the horizon.