by Bert Strolenberg, KLEM
BROKEN VOYAGE is the debut CD of the talented, Colorado-based synthesist Kelly David, which finds the listener in an overall adventurous landscape where you journey into unknown and mysterious territory. Strong ethno-tribal percussive beats blend together with darker soundtextures, weaving a dense atmosphere in which you can't figure out what's coming next. Throughout the whole CD, one can hear traces of hi-tech elements and sound effects in the music, which adds to the impact of the music. "Coastwatcher" (and the reprise-version concluding the CD) is the only track with vast, non-beat floating textures and transparencies. Furthermore, lighter and darker shades in the other tracks match with strong tribal beats as they linger on for over 60 minutes into unraveled, mysterious territory of the South Pacific Islands. Additionally, the masterful mix and spatial enhancements by ambient-guru Steve Roach make this music absolutely stand out. Make no mistake: this is a quite a firm one for ambient lovers, but the journey holds a reward for everyone.