Kelly David | Broken Voyage

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Broken Voyage

by Kelly David

A deep space soundworld from the south seas.
Genre: Electronic: Ambient
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Off the Map
16:59 $0.99
2. Coastwatcher
4:07 $0.99
3. Shadow Side
22:34 $0.99
4. Buka Passage
7:35 $0.99
5. Cargo Cult
8:51 $0.99
6. Coastwatcher Reprise
3:53 $0.99
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Album Notes
Colorado-based, electronic artist Kelly David debuts this CD, setting you on a course of an ambient-electro-tribal adventure.

Drawing imagery from uncharted waters and travels between desolate islands in the South Pacific, the CD takes the shape of a soundtrack journey. Kelly's fascination with pure sound design combined with natural sound sources, mid tempo grooves along with deep textures, lead straight to the heart of musical darkness and light in an inviting sort of way.

A strong debut by an artist who has been working quietly towards this release for several years. Mixed at the Timeroom by Steve Roach.



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Richard Gurtler

Highly spectacular and adventurous sea expedition!!!
Debut album of Kelly David, Colorado based sound journeyer is dated back to 2002 and released on his own Rocky Mountain Records. "Broken Voyage" is initiated with 17-minute overture entitled "Off The Map" and sculpted by highly attractive industrial elements, Mors codes, strange voice samples, field recordings... and drones, all wrapped in richly colored and freshly effective alterations and movements. Sailing through various territories, ranging from atmospheric industrial through rhythm-infused to ultra deep droning. An amazing start of this spectacular sea expedition! "Coastwatcher" is observed though deep misty sceneries by cavernous heavy drone mastery enriched with diverse beaconing environmental sounds. Another superb piece! Dense drones overlap to the next composition, a 21 minutes long opus "Shadow Side" featuring as guests Steve Roach (electro groove) and Kailani Yaksich (hand percussion). Soon we hear invading echoed primal rumbling sounds welcoming us in deeply mysterious realms. Later we are shifted into trancey groove heavy beats sounding like a speedy train roaring down the tracks. But around 13th minute the texture glides into slightly peaceful floating structure colored with industrial rumblings and gurglings, transmission voices and trancey grooves hidden on the background. But always extensively textured and effectively intense. Certainly another masterful performance!!! "Buka Passage", again with both above guests in action, is flavored with strong organics where softly tinkling bells and aerial washes become at times more massive. Gently colorful and extremely tranquil soundscaping! Highly mesmerizing trancey cyber grooves fragrance the following piece, "Cargo Cult", presenting a new guest, Michael Brugman on guitar. Again moving across diverse passages, from minimal pulses and beats through more dramatic and massive to experimentally eclectic funky-charged ventures with buzzing electric guitar. Kelly David at his most adventurous and weird!!! "Coastwatcher Reprise" is wrapped in celestial atmosonics and enriched by gradually spiraling dramatic passages, a fine outro! I don't know how much praised was this album after its release by the audience, but I feel this amazingly distinguished work showcasing tremendous talent and potential of its creator still remains unexplored. Undeservingly!!! Only two albums are on Kelly David's credit, but both of them are top-notch, this guy definitely deserves much more attention!!! As a bonus you get with "Broken Voyage" top sound quality, mixing by Steve Roach and mastering by Roger King, and stunningly looking artwork designed by Sam Rosenthal. "Broken Voyage" is without any doubt a hidden treasure!!! And just the same as with Kelly David's second "Angkor" album, I still keep on dreaming about his next sonic wizardry...

Richard Gürtler (Jan 04, 2012, Bratislava, Slovakia)

Chuck van Zyl/STAR'S END

Dark personal sonic explorations
After listening to Broken Voyage, it is obvious that synthesist Kelly David believes that the ear is a portal to another place. David's work has an effect on the imagination that is almost catalytic. Through his efforts we sail along on a current of sound, into dark personal explorations of form and material, structure and tonality. Timbre and pacing are the stars of this album and guide this navigator as he plows the deep. Ideas roll and churn smoothly and intelligently, alternating course between advancing tribal-synth rhythms, slowly swirling pools of harmony and ever-evolving manipulations of tone. Kelly's experiments in sound can send a note screeching inside out then back in on itself in a maelstrom of sonority, or just as easily resolve into a safe and calm passage - as natural and inevitable as the tide. These contrasts make for an interesting and compelling voyage, one that may never even reach the shore, entirely within the vastness of our own daydreams.