Kelly David "Angkor" CD
Kelly David, Colorado based composer, has released his second full length album "Angkor" back in 2006 on his own Rocky Mountain Records. Kelly portrays here through his adventurous sonic visions spirituality, mystery and architecture of Angkor, the capital of the Khmer Empire and civilization. The ruins of Angkor, located in Cambodia, are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The album starts with exotically perfumed "Winds Of Change", spiced by assorted bell sounds and bird calls, with always evolving structure layered into a spectacularly dramatic manner. Faraway sonic expedition just begun!!! Deeper drones with cavernous water sounds and other field recordings are the base for "Outside The Temperate Zone", a slowly culminating composition becoming more pompous and immersing and as much colossal as Angkor Wat, the temple complex of Angkor. "Temple Of Dawn" unfolds around minimal structure painted with deeply primordial colors of different percussions, bells and magically fragranced soundscapes. Minimal, yet richly sculpted and strongly meditative composition! "Living In Interesting Times" unfolds quite disturbing, but soon passing into deeper drifting level evoking immense mysterious sceneries. The next composition, "Wisdom Of The Ancients", brings to mind sacred ceremonial journey in tropical rainforest. "Echoes Of Angkor" attracts with minimal, drifting intro, soon moving from tinkling electronics to rather active and eclectic sharp sonic experiments incorporating also generated choir-like sounds and singing bowls, highly meditative and penetrating piece using wide range of mysterious fragrances! Sonic mystery overlaps also into "Empire Lost", this track is enriched by various distant voices and whispers and also by distorted drones that occasionally step in and fade away. This ever-changing texture involves except floating washes also few industrialized and alien soundscapes. Absolutely exciting and adventurous epilogue!!!
And just the same can be said on the whole "Angkor" album, on which Kelly David masterfully merges the ancient and the present, "Angkor" is deep, mysterious and powerful!!! Mastered at the Timeroom by Steve Roach. And I still dream about the next sonic wizardry by Kelly David...
Richard Gürtler (Sep 16, 2011, Bratislava, Slovakia)
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