by Darren Bergstein, Muze

ORIGINS may be the pinnacle of an ascent into the mystic and primordial places Roach began to visit on DREAMTIME RETURN, the Suspended Memories project and WORLD'S EDGE. The circulating didjeridu patterns that fully imbibe this record are not only its' tonal centre, but the electro-acoustic nature that is the heart of its sound, and Roach meticulously, passionately utilizes its earthy ferocity and multi-timbral frequencies to its fullest. "Clay, Wood, Bone, Dirt" uses the didj's hoary sonic pyrotechnics and a tumbling avalanche of hand-struck percussion to illustrate its tribalistic canvas. This is a recording that immerses the participant in daunting, expansive landscapes and deeply entrenched cultures permeated throughout by a darker, ominous resonance, as mortified by the unsettling melodrama and formidable rhythms of "The Face in the Fire." Never before has Roach's electronic surface felt so earthen and weathered; all of the assertive ambience and environmental dissonance he's pressurized up to now reaches critical mass in ORIGINS' molten core.


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Steve Roach
1993 Fortuna 17081 (CD)
Reviewed by Linda Kohanov, Muze

Steve's next solo after extensive touring in Europe and fruitful collaborations with Robert Rich and Suspended Memories. Primordial shamanic electronic music at its most powerful. Steve's didgeridoo playing is woven throughout. Jorge Reyes appears as guest, and the hybrid trance grooves find a new level of potency infused by surreal soundworlds dripping with primordial sweat. Incredible liner note story by Linda Kohanov helps to set the mood. Perfect music to shake the primordial cage door loose and run outside.
1. ArtifactsMP311:43 
2. Connected UndergroundMP311:13 
3. Clay, Wood, Bone, DirtMP36:22 
4. In the Eyes of the SpiritMP37:56 
5. The Face in the FireMP311:49 
6. Dreaming Now, ThenMP318:58 

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