Mostly piano, vocals, efx and unconscious arrangements make up Laila Sakini’s “Vivienne” on Total Stasis. It asks, what if things were different? Tender symbols – flowers, butterflies, potion – portray an idealised life. But in a scene of ennui, waiting, in-between feelings are held, and released, reluctantly – like a longing sigh. In this ever-shifting landscape, these sentiments are imbued within Laila’s oneiric, gently repetitive compositions to form a fittingly hypnotising embrace. Unfettered and reflective, Laila etches this fantasy with a reality more interested in the delicate and impromptu than compositional rigour.
Recommended – Full Listen
Tags: Baroque / Home Listening