Sleeping Dogs Lie 16apr10: Steve Roach

Steve Roach
“Light Fantastic”

1. Trip the Light 8:34
2. Breathing the Pulse 5:25
3. The Reflecting Chamber 7:05
4. Touch the Pearl 9:24
5. Realm of Refraction 11:20
6. The Luminous Return 16:48

Steve Roach dances the light fantastic on his new album, but his rhythms won’t have Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers doing heavenly dips and twirls. Instead, the veteran techno-tribal synthesist generates a zombie-like dance of head-twisting grooves that owe more to trance than dance. Phantom hand drummers whip rapid brush strokes on virtual drums, while chordal clouds descend like the mother ship out of the sky. Like most of Roach’s recent work, “Light Fantastic” is music of immersion. Melodies, such as they are, evolve out of his densely layered sound designs, which hover above the landscape, plunging and swirling with predatory yet beautiful stealth. With “Light Fantastic”, Roach has created his own sound world from the ground up, full of original colors sifted through stroboscopic beams and refracting prisms. (Billboard)