by Darren Bergstein, Muze
ARTIFACTS continues Roach’s exploration of worlds simultaneously ancient, mystic and subconscious. Picking up where ORIGINS left off, Roach conjures up stirring, metaphysical sounds and deeply invasive events from his electro-acoustic arsenal. Opening with the awesome "Groundswell," an exhibition of cackling amphibious life teeming below an underbelly of gelatinous rhythms and tumultuous waves of electronics, up through the massive oosporic ambience and vast realms of "The Origin of Artifacts" (which actually samples bits of ORIGINS) to the shifting tundras of "Ancestral Horizon," which sports one of the most magnetic percussive / electronic melodies he has devised yet, ARTIFACTS continues Roach’s investigation into the fourth, fifth, and infinite worlds beyond. These must surely have been the sounds ancient cultures rehearsed while the continental plates shifted below them.