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Introducing… Lisel

When an opera singer discovers vocoding technology.

Autotune can be a bit of a cursed chalice to bring into your music but if it is integrated into the art well, it can enhance an artists sound. Enter Lisel. Her forthcoming album ‘Patterns for Auto-tuned Voices and Delay’ comes out 17th February and does exactly what it says on the tin. The album will be chock full of experimental layered vocal patterns woven into song. It’s experimental but also hypnotic. I don’t think this is what Cher envisaged when she brought out Believe all those years ago.

Lisel is the stage name for Eliza Bragg. Eliza is a classical opera singer who has also collaborated with artists like Juliana Barwick and Lorde in the past. This latest album came about because Lisel has lots of experience singing Baroque and Renaissance period music whilst also working on minimalist sound projects and loving a good sci-fi movie. As each discipline, genre and era changed what was required from her voice, Eliza wanted to explore how technology could make her voice more expressive, not less. The result is the music placed onto the album.

The lead single is ‘One At A Time’ – a simple loop of the same phrase that constantly evolves and shapeshifts. I find it a mixture of hypnotic and haunting but totally fascinating to listen to too. You can enjoy the music video below. For more information on Lisel, follow her on Bandcamp where you can also pre-order the album.

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