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Trance Mission: Head Light

Album Reviews:

Alternative Press (1/97, p.85) - 4 (out of 5) - "...They've become one of the most interesting bands around, and the head light shines strong and bright, while casting ghostly shadows..."

Album Notes

Trance Mission's second album builds on the (other)worldly characteristics of its predecessor, bringing a more rhythmic sensibility to the fore while further widening the sound field to include all manners of exotic sounds. This galvanizing Fourth World music is as rich as the instrumentation that produced it. Trance Mission is essentially reeds player Beth Custer joining mercurial outfit Lights in a Fat City-didjeridoo master Stephen Kent, John Loose, and Kenneth Newby-for some of the most compelling and incendiary grooves this side of Jon Hassell.

For a fairly accurate idea of Trance Mission's modus operandi, position other like-minded ethnotrance artists-Steve Roach, Robert Rich, Shinjuku Thief-on the same gridlines. From the percussive sound whorls of "Monkfish" to the incorporeal digital atmospheres, shamanistic beats, and primordial soup of the title track, HEAD LIGHT is an illuminating journey to textures and territories-glimpsed by early man and co-opted by a San Franciscan quartet that knows how to tap into such ancestral energies.


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