The Serpent's Lair
by Matt Howarth, Sonic Curiosity
This collaboration began with Roach assisting Metcalf (Ph.D.) in a formal research study to examine the effects of sound used as a shamanic strategy for healing and personal growth. These studies expanded to become this double CD.
Utilizing the sacred incarnation of the snake as viewed by many shamanic cultures (particularly in the Upper Amazon), Roach and Metcalf produce music that is moody and cosmic, ambient and tribal.
Roach's electronic stylings are in high form here, weaving and drifting like a shimmering cloudbank above a rainforest alive with Metcalf's shamanic percussives. These sinuous rhythms are complex and lush, resounding with beyond-ethereal qualities. The percussives contribute to the overall sound with as much presence as Roach's versatile synthetic and acoustic ambience.
The music is dense and haunting, capturing shamanic sensibilities and merging them with modern electronics to comfortably induce altered states of consciousness. While the percussives generate cyclic urgings, the astral electronics breathe and swoop, carrying the tribal ceremonies into the sky and beyond.
Some tracks involve vocal effects, lending a cavernesque aspect to the music which becomes heightened by the echoing withdrawal of the percussives.
Among the guest musicians on this 141 minute release are Jorge Reyes, Vidna Obmana, and Vir Unis.