Originally released in 2011 on John Koch-Northrup's Relaxed Machinery label, espiritista was for me the culmination of a lifelong dream. To make music, and to have others hear it had been a phantom desire I had chased for most of my adult life – and one that I had until only a few months earlier given up on entirely. Working with the rM label, interacting with and being inspired by the artists that made a home there breathed new life into my own creative passion, and 'espiritista' was the unlikely and wholly unexpected result.
The album itself crosses many different genres, shifting from drifting ambient minimalism to late 90's downtempo and back across the body of work. Consider this a collection of short stories, brief interludes in the last 25 years of my life. This 2017 remastered edition includes three previously unreleased tracks found in the vaults while putting this together.
All songs – Written and Performed by Geoff Stewart
2009-2010 BeachDog Music
at02 2017 Aatma Records
Remastered by peter james
Artwork by Geoff Stewart
Design by Steve Brand
With deepest thanks: to Steve, for his ongoing inspiration and friendship; to peter, for his impeccable ear and beautiful re-interpretation of these tracks; to rM, for the opportunity and the realization of a dream. and to Eileen, for travelling this road with me with all it’s wonders.
...transmuting through gorgeously heartwarming mirages into blissful all-embracing sonic euphoria. It happens again and again with each spin, I am drifting through the emotionally magnified sonic Eden into the resonant silence with goosebumps on my arms...
Recorded in the remembrance of lost loved ones, "The Passing" dives into the most intense, yet nectarously sumptuous, harmoniously gratifying and luminously eulogistic zones of heart-rending contemplations ever sculpted by Steve Roach!!! Richard Gürtler