by Jeff Berkwits, SCI FI Magazine
Working in his secluded Arizona studio, Steve Roach freely admits to being creatively stimulated by the surrounding desert landscape. Yet for his latest release, the pioneering ambient musician has decided to look skyward, turning to the life-sustaining energy of the Sun for inspiration. Six lengthy tracks imaginatively examine the spiritual power of solar energy, featuring eerie electronic noises and an attractive "mandala-groove" rhythm.
1999 Hearts of Space 11094 (CD)
Reviewed by Brian Parnham, various listener comments, Gary Andrews, Billboard, L.A. Weekly, Muze, Progressive World, RhythmUS, SCI FI Magazine, Wind and Wire
LIGHT FANTASTIC does much to subvert one's expectations of musical structure, while remaining unabashedly beautiful throughout. Roach's soundworlds have never sounded more rich and full of light. On the other hand, the complexity of the 'fractal grooves' allows the hybrid percussion to assume what would be the melodic content of a given piece. The rhythms are as willful and intricate as an African drumming group or drum 'n' bass track, continually morphing from one pattern into another, describing animated moiré patterns in sound.