Exposé Online banner

Steve Roach / Jorge Reyes — The Ancestor Circle
(Projekt 310, 2014, CD)

by Peter Thelen, Published 2014-12-03

The Ancestor Circle Cover artIt was February 7th, 2009 when Jorge Reyes, one of the leading lights of the Mexican ambient music scene left this world. Parallel with his participation in one of Mexico’s most popular bands Chac Mool, founded in 1980, he had released a long string of albums focusing on fusing ambient electronic music with prehispanic sounds, many of which were collaborations with like-minded travelers like Suso Saiz, Antonio Zepeda, Francisco Lopez, and Steve Roach. For a period of time he formed (along with Saiz and Roach) the ambient / tribal supergroup Suspended Memories, who released two excellent albums in the early 90s. In 2000, Roach and Reyes collaborated on the Vine ~ Bark & Spore album, and the recordings at hand date from around that time, rehearsals recorded one week before the two gave a rare live performance at Tucson’s Temple of Music and Art. As it tends to go, the tape was mismarked and rediscovered many years later in 2013, after which Roach added some new elements and arrangements, editing everything to a concise 73 minutes. Although there are six titles on the disc, all flow together into a lengthy crossfaded continuum, though as might be expected, this is much is the style they achieved with Vine ~ Bark & Spore, with Roach handling the analog and digital synths, ocarinas, ambient percussion, looping and processing, and Reyes contributing prehispanic flutes, ocarinas, ambient percussion, hand drums, and electric guitar, plus some intermittent vocals. The mix of sounds in The Ancestor Circle is at once mind-altering, spiritual, and intense, each piece unfolding slowly and revealing a fragile mix of light, shadows and muted colors in ever-shifting layers, a textural soundworld borne of sonic turbulence. This is a world that exists well beyond any standard musical forms, and something that truly needs to be experienced.

Filed under: New releases, 2014 releases

Related artist(s): Steve Roach, Jorge Reyes

Latest news

2018-11-16
The Seventeenth Dream of Dr Sardonicus Festival Tickets Now Available – Fruits de Mer Records and their merry crew of psychedelic explorers are getting set to present the next The Seventeenth Dream of Dr. Sardonicus Festival. The dates are set for August 2-4, 2019 at The Cellar Bar in Cardigan, Wales. They've also announced that the legendary Groundhogs will top the bill. » Read more

2018-11-02
Charles O'Meara (C.W. Vrtacek) RIP – A true musical original has left us. Charles O'Meara, who recorded under the name C.W. Vrtacek, was a wild-card musical talent, ranging from complex progressive rock to introspective modern compositions, with stops at many places inbetween. » Read more

2018-10-17
Eurock Documentary Seeks Funding – We've been fans and fellow travelers with Archie Patterson and his Eurock project on the journey to discover great music. After many years of promoting and trying to spread the word,a new phase is beginning: a documentary film. Things like this don't just happen, and money does not magically appear to make it happen, so it's up to the fans to get it done. » Read more

2018-09-29
Marty Balin RIP – One of the architects of the 60s psychedelic sound of San Francisco has died at the age of 76. Marty Balin was a singer, songwriter, and guitarist who was one of the founders of Jefferson Airplane. After the split of the original Airplane, Balin went on to form the highly successful Jefferson Starship. » Read more

2018-09-25
Help the Psychic Equalizer Avoid Extinction – Last year we reviewed the debut album by Psychic Equalizer, a musical project of Hugo Selles. He's now working on the ambitious follow-up to that release, and is seeking funding from listeners around the world. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Ivanhoe - Visions and Reality – The opening instrumental "Visions" sets some high hopes, but the second track bursts in with a simplistic Dream Theater wannabe sound topped off with an annoying vocalist steeped in all the campy...  (1994) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues