Courtesy of A Closer Listen.
Ambient in nature, yet stemming from an electronic background, Sintetizzatrice is a departure for Donato Dozzy and a wonderful debut for Anna Caragnano. The album’s title is the Italian feminine for “synthesizer”, but in this case it’s more of a synthesis. Donato Dozzy layers and loops Cagagnano’s voice into lovely shapes and sizes. These from time to time resemble the work of a synthesizer, but also flute, violin, even drums. Add the fact that the vocalist engages in whistles and onomatopoeia, and the results are remarkable.
Lisa Gerard comes to mind; Caragnano has that multi-octave range, most apparent on “Parallelo” but present throughout. Katie Gately and Holly Herndon are other recent contemporaries. With the recent resurgence of interest in a cappella renditions (for example, “Pitch Perfect” and “The Sing-Off”), it’s amazing to hear all of the parts performed by a single voice. But of course it’s not a single…
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