WHETTMAN CHELMETS – “STEPS TO THE OLD COURTHOUSE”

We’ve been told that when we die our lives flash before our eyes. The way that its been sold to us is that the narrative  unspools in linear fashion – allowing us to follow its trajectory from birth to untimely four wheeler accident or Black Friday trampling. The more we are learning about the brain, however, that process will look a lot like Whettman Chelmet’s new song “Steps to the Courthouse” sounds. Auditory fragments of familiar sounds and flashes of loved ones in free association. Chelmets uses this format – field recordings and buried keyboard arpeggios – to reflect on the life of his brother who was convicted of murder at the age of 17 and currently serving a life sentence. Chelmet’s composition argues that a  life, even though its a series of flashes, still maintains a basic shape and bent towards acceptance. 

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