Artist: Steve Roach
Album: Light Fantastic

Label: Fathom

Light Fantastic
"My attention has always been caught by hypnotic, trance-giving rhythmic patterns." Reading this quote from Steve Roach will give us some insight into his new release Light Fantastic. On the latest CD Roach draws upon a number of his influences to produce new music with rhythmic qualities somewhere between the works of Steve Reich and Atom Heart. Having less to do with these two artists than the levels between their respective seminal works, the grooves on Light Fantastic are well crafted, multi-layered, harmonically complex patterns that only hint at their ethno-origins. Roach's intricate and accessible rhythms draw the listener into the center of the energy pieces; while the slow shifts of his breathing pieces find their way (on a cerebral level) into the listener. Possessing both the acceleration of Body Electric and the unfolding mystery of Slow Heat, Light Fantastic delivers a fascinating listening experience.

- Chuck van Zyl/STAR'S END

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