Chad Kettering "Into The Infinite" CD
The spring of 2008 marked the premiere release of Chad Kettering, in Texas based composer, who started his musical career as a classically trained trumpet player. Even if almost 4 years passed, I must say this album continues to impress me with something new every time I hear it.
"Breaking The Surface" provides mysterious intro with exotically fragranced voices and whispers of guest vocalist Susan Whitaker, supported by softly tinkling bells, drones and male whispers, in the middle part transferring into dramatic explorations of remote picturesque landscapes and at the end again slipping into more meditative realms. This is magnificently beautiful introduction of Chad Kettering's sonic statements. A huge step!!! Highly cinematic soundscapes infuse also "Mystic Mountains", you can't go wrong way with track title like this... This is certainly another richly colorful composition filled with graciously cascading atmospheres. Location recordings lead "Humidity" to deeply cavernous and spectacularly subterranean sceneries, organic soundsculpting at its finest! "Into The Gate" opens another highly adventurous ride and is painted with spooky and creaky sonics, thunder and some ghosts hidden on the background. It evolves through many levels, from more calmer moods with Japanese femme voice samples to highly intense ambience spiced with industrialized flavors, another big one!!! "Transcending Vision" offers a truly grandiose and fantastic journey, highly imaginative cinematic ambience offering both, tranquility and drama. Sounds of rain and thunder with fragile bells reveal the next composition, "Intangible", but soon expressive vocals of Susan Whitaker invade the texture and flow gracefully above spectacularly rich and dramatic washes, adding strong native flavor and evoking the power of shamanic sacred ceremony. What a masterpiece!!! "Eclipse" brings back more relieving and relaxing atmosphere, yet still spiced with more monumentally drifting parts. "Deeper Within The Core" remains in slightly calmer waters, bringing the album into beautifully serene, but majestic finale.
"Into The Infinite" album is without doubt one of the strongest debut works of the last decade. Even if mastering credit goes to Steve Roach, Chad Kettering has swiftly managed to develop his distinctive and refined sound magic, bravo!!! I use comparisons in my reviews very rarely, but I won't hesitate to say that Chad Kettering is ready to reach the pedestal of cinematic ambience previously owned by Michael Stearns. His second album "Voices Of The Ancients" from 2010 is the best proof, but the sonic adventure continues and I am ready for the third chapter!!!
Richard Gürtler (Dec 11, 2011, Bratislava, Slovakia)
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