Boomkat Product Review:
Ecstatic’s renowned nose leads to Iraq-born, Tasmania-raised, Barcelona-based Dania and her elegant reflections on displaced cultural identity - following releases for the Geographic North and Superpang labels with a beautiful new set that comes highly recommended if yr into Saint Abdullah, Colleen, Flora Yin-Wong, Klara Lewis.
Born in Baghdad but raised in England and then Tasmania, Dania grew up surrounded by people who didn't look or talk like her. on ‘Foreign Body’ she focuses on this sense detachment from motherland, drawing from her work as an emergency doctor in rural Australia to suggest parallels between how an organism rejects a foreign body, and how a society often pushes out immigrants.
Recording straight to four-track tape in her home studio, Dania blends tape saturated field recordings and snippets of Iraqi musicians from the post-Gulf war era with vocal improvisations and cinematic strings to emphasise the harmonies and dissonances within her cultural symphony. 4-tracked vocal loops and tender modular synthesis are teased into layered scapes that impressionistically evoke Dania’s mindset, conjuring bucolic heart-in-mouth feels on ‘An Island’, and more vertiginous detachment thru the choral arrangement of ‘Adult Third Culture Kid’, while imposing more gnawed sensations thru the textured concrète field recordings and minor key motifs of the title tune.
The album’s most poignant and elusive point comes in the yearn of ’Sprinting Towards the Sun’, and the gauzy resolution of ‘Last Song’’s rumination on self thru the lens of decay and wistful detachment, evoking that liminal feeling of finding yourself in the space between. it's incredibly exposed material, and all the more moving for it.