Patrizia Oliva - Celante (CD Setola Di Maiale)

  

For almost two decades now Italian sound artist Patrizia Oliva has been producing work that brings together her backgrounds in jazz, electronica and electroacoustic music. On the eight cuts presented here her voice is pushed to the fore over abstract yet unobtrusive electronics, pulses and a generally twilight setting that complements the mostly sultry and soft-focus vocals perfectly. Sometimes the voice is layered, looped or gently manipulated to considerable effect, but Id have preferred more emphasis on this than the lead. Pleasant enough overall, with plenty of obliqueness sewn in to keep things buoyed on the right side of interesting, but perhaps just a little too refined. RJ

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