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Canilla - you always wanted more in life, but now you don’t have the appetite

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you always wanted more in life, but now you don’t have the appetite by Canilla

Accordions and Techno and the planet's demise

Up to now, Norwegian sound designer Camilla Vatne Barratt-Due, aka Canilla, has made music for dance and theatre productions and art installations but with her debut album you always wanted more in life, but now you don’t have the appetite, she's confidently waltzing into the realms of electronic dance music. Like recent meditations from giilll (piano) and Baraboro (saxophone) Canilla draws inspiration from a single instrument: accordion, her vast collection of bellow-driven instruments providing the means to experiment through a process of dismantling and reinventing sounds through clever computer code. And the connection goes further: each artist presents an album of electronic music with unexpected vocal tracks.

Imbuing a sense of theatre and dramatic purpose, Canilla describes the album as conceptual love ballads stemming from trees of a wounded forest; a strong idea which suits the gritty, textured music. The ominous thundering Techno that opens the album on the extinction's voluptuous odor certainly reeks of the capitalist's contribution to planet earth but the quickstep to vocal track party with my homies is both surprising and welcome; seven tracks of dour death mongering would have been too heavy. The alternating switch therefore between songs and instrumentals is a perfectly realised balance; the treated vocals aligning closely with the experimental sounds. The highlight is Alfred Korzybski which bubbles away like the watery Techno of Cio D'or and Barker's Techno sans kick drum, depicting floods and catastrophe.

Pinpointing which sounds originate from an accordion is impossible and ultimately irrelevant; the narrative demands prime attention while the music subtly supports.

If you only listen to one track

Alfred Korzybski

RIYL

Moonilena, Baraboro, Sonja Tofik

Label

Street Pulse Records

Artist website

Canilla

Release date

14 May 2021

Tracklist

  1. the extinction's voluptuous odor
  2. party with my homies
  3. footbridge
  4. life without the human look
  5. Alfred Korzybski
  6. you always wanted more in life, but now you don't have the appetite
  7. we find them picking flowers that grow in the fields of extreme limit
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