Itta – Enter


In these dark, crazy times, we are indeed privileged to be able to have albums like Enter by Itta to relax to.

Itta, who is one half of the new age electro band TENGGER, has created a real thing of beauty here. Each song is centered around her multi-layered angelic vocals, which reverberate and soar softly along with subtle synth drones.

On songs like “Arumduri,” you slip into a cavernous world made out Itta’s pristine voice, as droning organ-like keyboards hover in the background, giving the track a sacred, church-like quality. On that note, the chords changes of “Lightplace” sound at times reminiscent of those that could be found in classical hymns.

At other moments, the album travels down more unusual paths, like on the final track, “Only.” This song features a multitude of different samples of Itta speaking, whispering and singing, which were then slathered in reverb, (sometimes) reversed and intricately overlapped. The production here (and in fact, on all of the songs) makes her voice float and pan around your speakers in a way that makes you feel as though you are traveling within Itta’s very imagination. I can’t think of another record that I can honestly say that about to this extent.

If you’re stuck at home and feeling on edge during this horrid pandemic, then I could not recommend this album more. Just put some headphones on, light a fragrant candle or incense, turn out the lights and let Itta’s music carry you away to a more beautiful place.

You can order this album as a digital download or a tape cassette from Aural Canyon today (just click here).


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Published by Record Crates United

Keith Hadad, the creator and manager of RCU, has been a contributing writer to Elmore Magazine and and maintains a regular column, “Keith Hadad’s Choice,” in Blicker magazine. His writing has also appeared in the Smithsonian Folkways' Guest Blog and the Optical Sounds Fanzine. Also, please check out the blog's super-active Instagram account, @recordcratesunited for daily blurb-styled music reviews.

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