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Dani Siciliano


LP version. Dani Siciliano's third album is self-titled for a reason; it represents a personal statement crafted by Siciliano's own hand, feeding off her accomplished past in experimental pop and electronica for a celebration of musical liberation. The culmination of eight years of songwriting, production research, and sonic exploration, Dani Siciliano follows Likes... (2004) and Slappers (2006) and finds Siciliano focused on crafting as much of the album by herself as possible, working with just a few select musicians to round out her creative vision. As ever, her captivating voice remains at center-stage, and the listener can hear echoes of her earlier work with the likes of Matthew Herbert, The Soft Pink Truth, and Brooks tucked away among the folds of diverse instrumentation, but this is an album that sounds very much like its own beast. It's an album of love and unabashed soul that reaches enthusiastically toward all the sounds that hold the greatest appeal for Siciliano. The production intuitively frames the narrative of her lyrics, neatly demonstrating the unfettered vision that she has been able to realize with this project. It's the balance of the unusual and the immediate that make this such perfect pop music, sitting neatly among the brooding musicianship of Nôze's 2015 Come With Us album (CC 017CD/CCS 095LP) (on which Siciliano features), Nicolas Jaar, and the ever-blurring lines between the avant-garde history of Circus Company and its broad contemporary outlook. If there is a track that captures the album's multi-faceted sound palette it is surely "Blink," which fuses illustrious blasts of brass with fluttering electronics and a purposeful drum beat as a perfect statement of intent. Some compositions evince a grounded, earthy quality, as on the sultry guitar-laced funk of "So Amazing" or the arpeggiated, folk-inspired reflection of "Together." Elsewhere, the production positively leaps with its playful deployment of electronic elements, from the effervescent swing and strings combo on "I'm The Question" to the snaking synth flourishes and bass swells of "Take Two." The razor-sharp arrangement of "Why," with its sparse piano ostinato and layered vocal lines, teases out an infectious, original result.