Suspended Memories — Earth Island
(Hearts of Space HF11043-2, 1994, CD)
by Mike McLatchey, Published 1994-10-01Steve Roach is a very individual and influential synthesist: when he is involved in a project he is usually the most distinguishable factor. The Suspended Memories trio is one of these exceptions; its really nice to see Roach expands his creativity in a group setting and as an equal. Jorge Reyes and Suso Sáiz tend to bring out the best in Roach, and this disc, the second of this trio, shows them maturing and sounding much like a group. The music is similar to their first effort, with lots of rich synth drones, tribal percussion and Reyes' shaman-like chanting. Suso Sáiz seems to exert a stronger influence than before and his soaring guitar lines are simply awesome. Unfortunately he still remains a very underrated musician. In all truth, it's amazing that collaborations like this are practically squeezed out between projects and gigs; it sounds like this trio has been playing together for ages. The ideas here are fresh and diverse, and unfortunately it seems like these musicians put out far too many good albums too quickly to absorb in time for the next one. Personally, I'm still staggering form the monumental World's Edge, maybe one of the best electronic albums since the early days of Schulze and Tangerine Dream. This Suspended Memories album is another excellent one — it may be years before they're truly appreciated. Recommended as usual.
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