Trance Spirits by Steve Roach, Jeffrey Fayman, Robert Fripp and Momodou Kah represents the next step in genuine tribal ambient soundscapes. This
amazing gathering of artists makes a magnificent leap into the future of acoustically-fused electronic music.
Five of the seven pieces are driven by a complex juggernaut of authentic African percussion, performed as long-form groove trance pieces by Fayman and Kah. As
opposed to just using loops to conjure the desired mood, Trance Spirits is a real continuum of time, with subtle evolution within the tracks. Entwined with the shamanic /
harmonic trance-inducing soundworlds created by Roach - and augmented by Fripp on three tracks - the combined effect unleashes the primal forces of nature with a
boiling undercurrent of rich, transporting textures.
A review from Pulse! Magazine, October 2002:
"3 1/2 stars out of 4 | Jeffrey Fayman's day job is blowing you out of your seat with music for film trailers, including Minority Report and Lord of the Rings. But he
also makes his own music. Trance Spirits is a follow-up to his 2000 cd, A Temple in the Clouds, which used guitar tracks recorded by Robert Fripp years earlier with
Fayman's obfuscating synthesizer atmospheres added. Fayman is still employing Fripp tracks on a few pieces, only now as color rather than substance. But he's also
enlisted synthesist Steve Roach to co-create the soundscape. Roach brings out the rhythmist in Fayman, who, along with percussionist Momodou Kah, orchestrates
pounding trance grooves descended from Africa, which Roach layers in swirling synthesizers and guitars, ghost ocarinas and mysterious growls from the edge of the
abyss. The rhythms can become tiresome and tend to obscure as much as they counterpoint the textures, but the thundering opening of "Taking Flight" and Roach's
haunting ode, "Seekers," play like soundtracks to a shaman's fever vision."
- John Dilberto