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CECILIA - Adoration

Format: LP
Label & Cat.Number: Halycon Veil HALC018
Release Year: 2018
Note: strong debut album of this dream & avantgarde pop singer from Canada, like with the recent SHE SPREAD SORROW releases there's a focus on haunting, processed vocals combined with fragments of noises, beats, samples, forming a strange and threatening mind trip.. "Devastatingly restrained yet ravishing songs with haunting English, French and Italian vocals, huge recommendation if you're into Yves Tumor, Flicia Atkinson, Rabit, Teresa Winter, Portishead, Leila..."
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"Standout dbut album of dream-like, avant garde pop and electronic variants that properly introduces Rome-based Montreal artist Mlissa Gagn aka CECILIA after guesting on Rabits Les Fleurs Du Mal album last year and releasing an EP for Yves Tumor's Grooming label. Devastatingly restrained yet ravishing songs with haunting English, French and Italian vocals, huge recommendation if you're into Yves Tumor, Flicia Atkinson, Rabit, Teresa Winter, Portishead, Leila...

Cecilia wrote and produced Adoration, with accompaniment by mutual spirits such as her friend Jasmine Pisapia and the poet activist Grisldis Ral, who help to render a stark yet subtly gilded cross-section of her psyche, which places the listener as dark interpreter to a series of tumultuous inner dialogues - One is summoned to whisper truth, beauty, tragedy to demon ears.

Incubated for one and half years between Montreal, Toronto and New York, Adoration reads like intimately diaristic pages recalling an amorphous lucid dream. In that phantasmagoric headspace she meditates on loss and romanticism, using a shifting backdrop of highly visual stimuli to frame her thoughts and bring them to life with an uncannily immersive effect perhaps not felt so strongly since Flicia Atkinsons Hand In Hand LP.

Electronic bass and percussion are shadowed with traces of synth and guitar improvisations, but the one consistent element is the female voice. Sometime detached, glossolalic, and at others uncannily familiar, plaintive, the voices presence is integral to the album's quietly absorbing atmosphere, and even if the listener cant understand their direct meaning, they connote so much more through abstracted inference and ambiguity.

Following her early forays made with the Charity Whore EP for Yves Tumors Grooming label, and previous work as DJ/producer Babi Audi, along with her hybrid stage works, Cecilia ties all those strands into an illusive yet highly distinguished work set to resonate with listeners from myriad backgrounds and disciplines. It's no doubt one of 2018s most haunting, beguiling LPs."