by Bryan Reesman, launch.com
This "supergroup" consisting of prolific ambient guru Steve Roach, pre-Hispanic experimentalist Jorge Reyes, and avant-garde guitarist Suso Saiz brings together sensibilities from the American Southwest, Mexico, and Spain, respectively. Within the primal beats, deep drones, and ambient guitar work of FORGOTTEN GODS
lies not only a musical merger of the minds that transcends language barriers but also a direct link-up to our collective unconscious. This tribal triumvirate are invoking rituals long forgotten and some of their own making; for proof, listen to the vaporous winds and gentle drum rhythms that saturate "Mutual Tribes" and subtly build up before melting into an alliance of droning didgeridoos.
Suspended Memories (Steve Roach, Jorge Reyes, Suso Saiz)
1993 Hearts of Space HS11034 (CD)
Reviewed by AmbiEntrance, launch.com, Muze, The Voice of the Winds
The music rises up from the darkness and howls at the moon. An ancient voice chants in serpentine ecstacy, only to subside and hover next to silence. In those moments when the sound dissolves beyond recognition, the subconscious leaks through, whispering of faded visions painted on stone, of memories suspended by the passage of time, of gods long forgotten. This is the world where Steve Roach, Jorge Reyes and Suso Saiz create their music. There are no scores, no plans, in the initial stages of composition. Like jazz artists who extemporize freely through a shared musical language, the members of Suspended Memories connect on an intuitive level of pure sound. But it isn't jazz they're playing. Roach, Reyes, and Saiz practice a form of collective improvisation from another time, another place, maybe one that never really existed before, except in the shrouded landscapes of a shaman's dream.