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Boomkat Product Review:
Belgian composer, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Dienne remembers her grandmother on the somber and gorgeous "Addio", a collection of blurry soundscapes that filter musical history through faded memories.
When COVID-19 travel restrictions prevented Dienne from saying goodbye to her grandmother in person before she died, the Belgian artist decided to channel her feelings into music. "Addio" is a 32-minute farewell that wrenches melancholy classical instrumentation through electronic soundscapes and cosmic processes, and despite its focus, it's surprisingly optimistic.
Dienne started her musical journey playing the oboe, later picking up the flute and piano, and all these instruments play a part across the course of the record. It's an assuredly electronic journey, but one that remains punctuated by bursts of chamber music, rattles from another era. Field recordings bring us into Dienne's lived reality, and she lets her musical biography and her memories of her grandmother guide her through a story that's shared completely with the listener.