it's time to break silence
to disarm your violence
the killer is you
as i wash away through
lies that you said
at the end of your grace
plans that you've hidden
by the love i was bleeding
whatever i've taught you
whatever i've learned
i know there's so much not a lot of concern
i feel like a ghost when i walk through this city
your meanings are less than the words that you're stealing
i guess that i'll vanish
when this will be over
i'm sick of imbalance
i’d rather get smaller
i gave up to a glare
and what is left?
you are the one
to forgive and forget
SINTESI is the debut solo album of Alessandro Baris with the collaboration of vocalists Lee Ranaldo of Sonic Youth, Lisa Papineau and Emma Nolde.
The album is a new point of departure from Alessandro previous works with other projects and collaborations, in Italy and abroad.
Not a renovation but a continuous research through an endless process of deconstruction and construction of his music language.
"The initial text for Last Letter to Jayne was written in the early dark days of the pandemic, The poem came as a sort of memorial to a relationship with a fixed ending. Some time later Alessandro approached me about working together on a collaborative song. When I heard the somber, 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 '3- dimensional' evocation of an emotional state"
During quarantine of April 2020, when Alessandro asked me to collaborate on his song “Embers”, I was experiencing apocalyptic feelings. Sometimes we tend to exaggerate our feelings especially in moments like that when you're forced to think a lot. Right before lock down I had the luck to meet a person who changed me very deeply and I was very afraid to lose that link because of the forced distance. The music of Alessandro changed my point of view, showing me the beauty. It had such a strong impact on me -“At least I found someone before the end...” - I wrote that to say how grateful I am to have experienced such a beautiful thing that could have ended remaining as it was. As usual music fix your mood and change your perception of things, especially when it touches you so much.
"you can't cry 'cause you'll look broke down, but you're cryin' anyway 'cause you're all broke down said sly stone. I wrote te lyrics for Nival inspired by this line from Sly Stone. The tenderness of everything falling apart ... what is still burning even when you are buried deep."
released June 7, 2022
Composed, performed, produced and mixed by Alessandro Baris
Additional composition and performing by
Lee Ranaldo :: lyrics, vocals and harmonies on “Last Letter to Jayne” Lisa Papineau :: lyrics, vocals and harmonies on “Nival”
Emma Nolde :: lyrics, vocals and harmonies on “Embers”
Mastering Carl Saff at Saff Mastering Studio, Chicago, Illinois Mastering Assistance Bruno Germano
Artwork Elisabetta Cardella
A Special Thanks to
Elisabetta Cardella, Mauro Boni, Dora D’Antuono, Massimo Volume, Guido Siliotto, Mariel Benaros, Luigi Tronci & Ufip cymbals, Rossella Carella, Rosaria Loiacono, Julian Zylkus, Giovanni Belcari, Marcello Petruzzi, Francesca Bono, Suz, C’mon Tigre, Stefano Passini, Joseph Desler Costa, Pasco Pezzillo, Guido Molinari, Maurizio Finotto, the New York family, Giovanna Latini, Leonello Tarabella, Anna, Francesco, Giulia and to Lisa, Emma and Lee for being with me in this journey.