Dienne – Addio (Other People, LP/digital)

When her grandmother died of COVID-19, Belgian composer and vocalist Dienne was unable to say goodbye to her in person, for obvious reasons. »Addio« makes up for this with over ten pieces that are characterised by the coexistence of acoustic instruments—she was trained on the oboe and also plays the piano and flute—and electronic sounds, as well as even occasional beats, while always putting her voice in the foreground. It is a musically idiosyncratic mixture that underlines the personal dimension of this album and yet offers a lot of opportunities to relate and identify with its contents.