“Last Letter to Jayne“ by me and Lee Ranaldo is out today.
It’s the first single taken from the album “Sintesi” and I’m very glad to share it with you.
I hope you enjoy it and thank you so much for supporting all the love and work we’ve put into it.
Me and Lee have been talking about this collaboration for a while and it eventually happened, exchanging ideas over distance from New York City to Bologna. I’ve worked on the instrumental part as a soundtrack for the vision and feelings I’ve had composing this piece. It’s about life process and how history at all times draws the strangest consequences from remotest causes. When Lee added his vocal symphony on top of it I thought it was beautiful and perfectly tight. I treasure that chemistry and privilege of making music with Lee, musician, poet, painter and member of Sonic Youth one of the greatest bands of all times.
The initial text for Last Letter to Jayne was written in the early dark days of the pandemic, when it seemed the world was closing in. I had recently parted ways with someone who I’d been close to. The poem came as a sort of memorial to a relationship with a fixed ending. Later Alessandro approached me about working together on a collaborative song. When I heard the sombre, majestic music, I thought that I could adapt the poem to fit, and also challenge myself to be experimental with my vocals in a way that was quite new for me – using overlapping voices and phrases to create an instability between the foreground and the background, a ‘three- dimensional’ evocation of an emotional state.
Lee Ranaldo – New York City, November 2020
It is sparse and minimalist; it is a symphony of sorrow in a starkly beautiful way. If the song was a painting, the colours inhabiting the piece would be light and bright, but cold and distant. It is an understatement in the true sense of the ethos, ‘less is more’. On top of Alessandro’s beautifully orchestrated composition of electronic synths lies a spoken word poem, written and performed by none other than Lee Ranaldo of Sonic Youth.
Drew Wardle on Far Out Magazine – London, February 2021