a most interesting album from a new name in the world of ambient and
electro- tribal music.
Mixed by Steve Roach at his
Tucson studio Broken Voyage is the debut
album from Denver based musician Kelly David.
The music is like an aural journey
that takes the listener through the inspiration of a dark South
Off the Map
starts the proceedings with suitably eerie synthetic sounds combined
with unusual sound samples that admirably set the stage for the music
The music calms down some what and
some nice atmospherics take the center stage before a very deep bassy
rhythm takes over, the feeling instantly becoming more intense and
threatening. This could be put into the category tribal ambient, but
it is not really like anything else I have heard before. I have
looked on Kellys website and amongst the vast amount of
equipment he has I spied a huge modular synthesizer called an Arrick,
which I suspect was creating a lot of the warm but powerful sequences
I was hearing. Coastwatcher follows along and is a
more relaxing affair; featuring deep gliding synthonics the track
comes as a welcome respite from the power of the opening track.
Shadow Side is
interesting as this piece features Steve Roach adding an
electro groove that comes into play about seven minutes into the
composition. This groove thunders a long with a terrific bass
sequence that really tested my woofers on my speakers!
The fourth track Buka Passage
as maybe expected from what has gone before is an almost subliminal
affair that features great atmospherics combined with a mixture of
great sounding acoustic samples like strange rattles, haunting
metallic sounds that seem to come and go like some strange wind. Two
tracks to go and we are introduced to Cargo Cult
this is a restrained mid-tempo piece that features a light rhythm,
before a big drum sound is added whilst the swirling synthesizer
sounds get more and more prominence as the track works its way
through this evolving composition, and the electronics becoming more
and more eccentric as big slices of analogue sound light up the end
of the track.
The last piece on offer is Coastwatcher
Reprise this track brings the theme back from the earlier Coastwatcher
music and finishes the album in satisfying way.
All in all this debut album makes
a fine contribution to the ambient/ electro world, a little different
to a lot of the music being produced at the moment but this makes it
just that little more special.
More info at www.kellydavid.com to
purchase visit www.steveroach.com
Reviewed by Gary Andrews for