Fever Dreams
by Phil Derby, Electroambient Space
June 2004

FEVER DREAMS continues Steve Roach's penchant for pushing the envelope, blurring the lines between genres of ambient music, fusing the tribal and the atmospheric into a unique surreal blend. Joined by Patrick O'Hearn on bass and Byron Metcalf on percussion, this disc falls exactly between the free-floating nature of MYSTIC CHORDS & SACRED SPACES and the intense drumming of TRANCE SPIRITS. The gently rolling bass line of "Wicked Dream" anchors this intentional yet meandering mood piece. "Fever Pulse" has wonderful percolating percussion melded with Roach's ambient guitar work. The half-hour centerpiece is "Tantra Mantra," a cool laid back tribal number that goes nowhere and yet everywhere. Metcalf's frame drum and percussion stand out particularly well on the closing track, "Moved Beyond," again featuring dreamy guitar soundworlds from Steve. By the time you read this in print, FEVER DREAMS 2 should be available. If it's anything like the first, it will be a most welcome sequel.

Fever Dreams

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Fever Dreams
Steve Roach
2004 Projekt PRO154 (CD)
Reviewed by All Music Guide, amazon.com, amazon.com, Ambient Musings, Ambient Review, Ambient Visions, Ambient Visions, CD Services (UK), Electroambient Space, Electronic Shadows, Hypnagogue, Morpheus Music, Ping Things, Sonic Curiosity, Tokafi, Tokafi, Valley Scene (San Fernando Valley, California), Wind and Wire

Within the opening moments of FEVER DREAMS' first track, "Wicked Dream" featuring Patrick O'Hearn on bass, it is clear that a new chapter is opening on Steve Roach's long and winding pursuit of potent soundworlds far off the traveled path. The music's foundation is built upon long mid-tempo hybrid grooves with strong bass elements created from a combination of acoustic and electronic means. Steve Roach's atmospheric and loop-spun melodic guitar textures rise and fall, intermix with his synth and computer alchemy to create an aura of complex emotional import. The overall feeling of FEVER DREAMS is one shrouded in an exotic amber-colored light filtering through an overgrown mental landscape of last night's lingering FEVER DREAMS; the sensual atmosphere is especially present on the 30 minute track "Tantra Mantra" featuring percussionist Byron Metcalf. This release of floating, hypnotic groove meditations sets the course on a new direction presented over the three interconnected "Fever releases" planned throughout 2004.
1. Wicked DreamMP318:41 
2. Fever PulseMP310:34 
3. Tantra MantraMP329:36 
4. Moved BeyondMP314:30 

With Patrick O'Hearn (bass), Byron Metcalf (percussion).

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