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Trance Archeology

by Steve Roach

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Scott Steve speaks of how this album exhibits the history of his art, and this is readily apparent only minutes into the first song. A great album which would also serve as a perfect introduction to Steve's music for anyone who has not yet experienced his magical talent. Favorite track: Birthpulse.
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David Prescott Always pushing beyond the limits, this effort runs deep. Trance Archeology results from decades of work. Steve is famous for the deep attention he gives each of his projects. It is among Steve’s strongest releases ever. It combines all of what Steve is masterful at. His unique percussion will be familiar to long-time listeners, but he takes them deeper and further than ever. Ultimately, Steve’s approach is its own kind of shamanism, inspiring a deep soul journey. Favorite track: Unearthed.
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jazzberto I get the Archeology bit all right.
I keep hearing FSOL Lifeforms & Global Communications 74.16. & other great bands from the 90's, but that was great in the 90's, Don't get me wrong, it's a great album, needs high volume to let the detail out, just sounds a bit samey to me. Sorry.
Track six is my favourite. Favorite track: Firebreather.
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Indigo Moon 05:39
Long Shadow 06:09
Birthpulse 05:20
Firebreather 04:51
Unearthed 06:27


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Trance Archeology maps a dynamic topography of eight multidimensional interwoven pieces born from the pulse, breath and heartbeat of sonic archeology, tapping into a uniquely symbiotic relationship between rhythm and atmosphere. The elemental core alive in Trance Archeology transmits an experience born anew yet unearthed for the first time; simultaneously it connects the epochs of trance, ceremonial and sacred music expressed through the tools born of today’s technology.

“I’m continuously fascinated,” Steve reveals, “by the juxtaposition of rhythm and atmosphere, space and place. It’s the counterpoint between psychoactive metagrooves with the diaphanous, immersive nourishment of the textural zones.”

Metagrooves aptly describes the rhythms found on Trance Archeology. They engage the body and mind in equal proportion. This sonic alchemy drawn from the balance of dualities helps free the mind from a linear timeline. The continuous flow builds and transitions, morphing into the next present moment. This is constant across the 74-minute adventure.

Trance Archeology evolved over the last two years simultaneously with a number of Steve’s other releases and concerts. Steve reflects, “Among all the projects, this album was running deeper. I’d leave it, come back to it, keep working at the site of the archeological dig, exploring, unearthing. The genealogy of the storyline referenced is not ancestral but the genealogy of my art form. When composing and recording, I’m looking to uncover sounds not heard before yet connected to my history. It feels like working at a dig site, compelled to brush away the effect of time and daily life that can conceal these essential elements. Over the years I’ve learned to recognize and extract these vital parts; there’s always a digging deeper or reaching towards something just out of grasp. This archeological metaphor has driven my work for years — this constant revealing and moving the music forward.”

Trance Archeology expresses the genre-defying nature of Steve’s dynamic innovations that focus on a full engagement of the senses. Emotionally stirring activation of the body, mind and spirit, the morphing confluence of soundworlds and rhythmic passages combine to open up a hyperreal sense of the moment. In this case the trance experience is about being fully present and alive in a focused state of expanded conscious awareness — discovering what lies just beyond.


Steve Roach is a leading American pioneer in the evolution of ambient/electronic music, helping shape it into what it is today. Grammy nominated in 2018 and 2019 consecutively, his career spans four decades and nearly 150 releases. His massive catalog of landmark recordings includes Structures from Silence, Dreamtime Return and Mystic Chords & Sacred Spaces (part 1-4). Drawing from a vast, unique and deeply personal authenticity, his albums are fueled by the momentum of a lifetime dedicated to the soundcurrent. Roach is an artist operating at the pinnacle of his artform, driven by a passion and unbroken focus enhancing the emotive, soul-stirring depth of his music.

From the expansive, time-suspending spaces reflecting his spiritual home in Arizona to the fire breathing, sequencer-driven rhythmic-tribal expressions woven from all things electric and organic, this innovative world of sound has been nourished by years of transcendent concerts worldwide. Always reaching towards what’s next on the horizon, Roach refuses to be tied down to any one stylistic direction. Capturing peak moments as they occur in his Timeroom studio, he creates a sonic experience that breathes emotion and vital life energy that connects to an ever-growing worldwide audience.


released November 1, 2019

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Projekt Records Portland, Oregon

Projekt is America's premier independent label specializing in passionately intense introspective music in the ambient, electronic, ethereal & darkwave genres.

39-year-old Projekt is home to Steve Roach, Erik Wøllo, Michael Stearns, Black Tape For A Blue Girl, Aurelio Voltaire and many others. The label continues to nurture the careers of its select roster of artists.
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