“This is the first time I have lived in Italy since I was fifteen,” says experimental electronic musician Andrée Burelli – who previously performed as Bodyverse. She’s musing on the inspirations of her patient, nurturing new album De Sidera – “and I am overwhelmed by the beauty of its nature, landscapes, and cultural roots.” Having temporarily moved from Berlin to Sardinia in her native Italy to record music between 2019 and 2020 (she was born in Venice) – the mediterranean has taken on renewed significance. De Sidera is Burelli’s first album with Italian titles, written and recorded in Italy, inspired by the land she inhabited at the time of recording.
Though any and all vocals on De Sidera are wordless, language is central to the album. “I try to make my vocalisms sound like words,” she explains, “but it is a kind of invented language. Somehow the form, the signifier, is enough to express meaning, sense, emotion.” Burelli notes that this concept has resonance with her practice in Greek and Turkish music, in which wordless vocals and instrumental improvisations are common. This is front and center on a song like the title track “De Sidera,” where Burelli’s rising and falling vocals dance atop an undulating, contemplative bassline – close your eyes, and the clear tides of the Mediterranean lap at the sand – her wordless intonations guiding you to a tranquil state.