Solitaire (Steve Roach, Elmar Schulte)
2000 Projekt ARC00013 (CD)
Reviewed by Alternative Press, amazon.com, Muze, Sonic Curiosity
RITUAL GROUND is a spontaneous sonic combustion, rich in cinematic overtones, deep atmospheres and tribal-electronic grooves. Previously available for a short time on San Francisco's now defunct Silent label -- and featured in the musical score of the Michael Mann film, Heat RITUAL GROUND is a lost classic tribal-ambient gem, back in print at last.
Steve Roach's musical explorations have taken him into many different realms, always touching a primal nerve and evoking brilliant mindscapes for the listener. A respected and much followed solo artist, Roach has also embarked on many collaborations in which the interplay between musicians nourishes the creative process. RITUAL GROUND is the result of one of those instrumental partnerships. In 1993, Roach went to Europe for his first series of concerts outside the United States. While there, he met German synthesizer artist Elmar Schulte, whose own work has appeared on several different European labels. Spurred by their mutual desire to create new, tribal music, Roach and Schulte immediately booked studio time, recording together under the name Solitaire. The result of their intensive meeting of musical minds was this album.