Andrée Burelli is a Berlin-based composer and producer, known also as as Bodyverse. She has announced the release of a new album called De Sidera which will be out on October 16th via American Dreams Records. It is inspired by her native Italy. “This is the first time I have lived in Italy since I was fifteen,” she says. “and I am overwhelmed by the beauty of its nature, landscapes, and cultural roots.”
Having moved from Berlin to Sardinia in her native Italy – 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 inhabits.
According to the press release, 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.
Burelli remarks that the songs with singing are full productions – “De Sidera” and “Cum Sidera,” but there are also compositions that came from improvisation – the love and usage of looping emerging from her studies in tabla and Hindustani classical music. Songs like “Mediterraneo” and “Cuore Di Piume” are fully loop-based, slowly adding shimmering, melodic layers as the compositions unfold. Others like “Natura Domina” are glacial musings, spilling gentle melodies and cascading piano sounds across the compositions.
We already shared the title-track and “Cuore Di Piume”; “Cum Sidera” is a new excerpt. Check the official video below.
Both videos include dance in which bodily movements repeat themselves – the movement parallels the loops in the music, and is based on cyclicality and improvisation, which are two facets of Hindustani classical music that distinguish it from other musical practices I have experienced – they are also the elements that allure me to this method of play. The repetition, variations, evolutions, and personal approach you can have while improvising as well as the consequent meditational states it can impart inspire me.”