by Darren Bergstein, Muze
Two-thirds of seminal didj-fusion band Lights In A Fat City meet the master atmostechnician for a journey into soundworlds of corporeal adventure and probing ambiences. HALCYON DAYS, so-called because of the two-week period of prosperity and creativity reached when the birth of the legendary Alcyon offspring's spell is broken, finds Roach, Newby and Kent reaching into the very matter of their respective noisemakers (analog and digital electron machines, didjs, ocarinas, samplers, p'iri, bonang, and much more) to extract the inviting and invigorating rhythm equivalents of shamanistic snake-charmers, reptiles strolling in the underbrush, and the grand observations of nomads drinking deep of the expansive vistas of rock and sky surrounding them. Recorded during a particularly tranquil time in the rugged terrain of Tucson, the magnetism of HALYCON DAYS is almost narcotic, so hypnotic are Roach's teeming electronic curls and Newby & Kent's feral percussives. One of the somewhat overlooked recordings in the Roach canon, don't let HALCYON DAYS' mordant power pass you by.