by Bret Miller
Steve Roach is a many-faceted musician. He is adept at live instumental collaborations and electro-acoustic solo excursions. TRANCE SPIRITS is somewhere in between studio manipulation and organic jamming with Roach doing his guitar and synth "soundworlds" as well as percussion, joined by Robert Fripp's guitar techniques on three tracks. But the centerpiece of the collection is the tribal percussion of Jeffrey Fayman and Momodou Kah.
Drums may very well be the first instrument created by men, using sticks to bang on objects, and later animal skins spread over frames. Fayman and Kah bring this primal and physical music into the present. The music heard on TRANCE SPIRITS will put your head into the clouds while anchoring your body to the energies of the earth. The swirling and swishing guitars and wind instruments mix with synthesized blankets of sound and combine with the pounding, pulsating percussion. You'll become connected with the heartbeat of the earth, the passing of air overhead, the flow of water underground. You will become one with the movements of the universe. Join Roach, Fayman, Momodou and Fripp as they take you on a journey through organic and electronic sound, harkening back to the primordial and mystical beginnings of music while utilizing the technologies of today.