A haunting, exhilarating debut album from Rome-born, Montreal-based artist Mélissa Gagné, aka CECILIA. Venturing into trip-hop, atmospheric ambient and film score music, this record sees CECILIA singing in English, French and Italian, her diaristic approach to writing underpinning the absorbing melancholia of gentle synths and improvised guitars.
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OK, so here we have a densely layered and intricately constructed record. ‘Adoration’ comes from CECILIA -- the artist guise of Rome resident Mélissa Gagné -- who, if you need a clue as to her sound, previously worked with Rabit on ‘Les Fleurs Du Mal’ and released an EP on Yves Tumor’s label. Worked into a collage style, cloaked in a haunting ambience and updating an electronic blueprint informed by a healthy diet of film-scores, trip hop and Musique Concrète, Adoration ploughs a furrow through nearly every style of electronic music in existence, yet sounds like little else (except for Rabit, Chino Amobi, Yves Tumor). And yet, it’s the captivating, arresting voice of Gagné that is the central, connecting presence.
Whether spoken or sung -- in English, French and Italian in turns -- the Voice of CECILIA is inescapable. Fortunately, it’s also very listenable. It’s hard to tell if or when Gagné is engaged in religious worship or other, altogether more profane and naughty acts. The title and the music -- harpsichord trills, Portisheadian beats and ambience, suggestive vocal -- of the track ‘House of Flesh’ would indicate both, at once. This is a record which will haunt you long after its final bar of dissonance has faded away.
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