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ambient sounds are punctuated by moments of drama and rhythmic intensity, melding the ambient, electronica, ethno-tribal, and progressive fusion genres. Song titles (“Land of Myths,” “First Arrival,” “The Crossing,” “The Mental Trail,” “Wetlands”) paint Gateway as a concept album of a trip through the titular archway pictured on the cover. Heartwood Sora Soramusic.com www.soramusic.ca Many comparisons will be made between Sora’s Heart-wood and any of Loreena McKennitt’s CDs, since both feature heavenly voices paired with both older and more contemporary instruments, spinning accessible melodies with Celtic and British Isles influences, as well as some Early Music, classical, and world touches.Heartwood could easily connect Sora to a much wider audience, which she soundly deserves. Her haunting, delicate voice conveys emotion effortlessly, whether the accompaniment is sparse or full, the mood uptempo or sedate, or the lyrical content personal or mythical. Bonus: Full lyrics are included—hurray! Voices of the Ancients Chad Kettering Sonicayers Music www.chadkettering.com Seldom does an artist in the ethno-tribal/ambient genre explode on the scene with such a professional work of depth and artistry as does Chad Kettering with Voices of the Ancients, only his second album. Using analog/digital synths, flutes, shakers, voice, and “various acoustic sources,” Kettering ambient s mbient sounds are punctuated by moments of drama and rhyth ctuated by moments of drama and rhythmic intensity, melding the ambient, electronica, ethno-tribal, and progressive fusion genres. Song titles (“Land of Myths,” “First Arrival,” “The Crossing,” “The Mental Trail,” “Wetlands”) paint Gateway as a concept album of a trip through the titular archway pictured on the cover. Heartwood Sora Soramusic.com www.soramusic.ca Many comparisons will be made between Sora’s Heart-wood and any of Loreena McKennitt’s CDs, since both feature heavenly voices paired with both older and more contemporary instruments, spinning accessible melodies with Celtic and British Isles influences, as well as some Early Music, classical, and world touches.Heartwood could easily connect Sora to a much wider audience, which she soundly deserves. Her haunting, delicate voice conveys emotion effortlessly, whether the accompaniment is sparse or full, the mood uptempo or sedate, or the lyrical content personal or mythical. Bonus: Full lyrics are included—hurray! Voices of the Ancients Chad Kettering Sonicayers Music www.chadkettering.com Seldom does an artist in the ethno-tribal/ambient genre explode on the scene with such a professional work of depth and artistry as does Chad Kettering with Voices of the Ancients, only his second album. Using analog/digital synths, flutes, shakers, voice, and “various acoustic sources,” Kettering www.NewAgeRetailer.com www.NewAgeRetailer.com October 2010 63

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