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“Such a beautiful album and artistic voice. Cassandra is a true artist and her talent shines brightly in her new album.” Produced By a Girl
Hear Cassandra Raffaele Emotive and Cinematic New Album ‘Camera Oslo’
Former EnnieLoud frontwoman Cassandra Raffaele is back with her solo elegant indie-pop cinematic album, produced in Italy by Roberto Villa at L’amor mio non muore studio, mastered by James DeMain (Robert Plant, Elton John, Bob Seger) at Yes Master Studios in Nashville.
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“Echoes sounds as if the late great Amy Winehouse” Turn Up The Volume “Cassandra’s vocal just oozes soul.” Music Republic Magazine
“We are hooked by the fascinating warmth of her vocal delivery and a technique that’s reminiscent of Billie Holiday.” Raw Ramp
About Camera Oslo
There are 10 tracks impregnated with warm and meager sounds, refined settings, vintage but with a fresh look towards the present. Roberto Villa has built the arrangements as real sound paintings, sometimes electric, sometimes dreamy, where Alfredo Nuti's electric guitars dialogue with Alberto Bazzoli's psychedelic strings and keyboards, Vanni Crociani's hammonds. And in these absolutely analogue scenarios, Cassandra's smoky voice, intense and exciting, in all its bluesy nuances emerges and acts as the fil rouge to all the tracks.
Suggestive and evocative of a certain Morriconian film literature, it is the only instrumental piece of the album.The other tracks can be experienced as the episodes of a film with immediate but never predictable lyrics, where the music didactically follow the emotional substrate of the song, like a sensibly well orchestrated soundtrack.
Produced byRoberto Villa
Words and music: Cassandra Raffaele
Recorded at L’amor mio non muore -Forli.
Mixing: Ivano Giovedi and Roberto Villa.
Mastering: James De Main at YES Master studio di Nashville.
Musicians: Roberto Villa -bass, baritone guitar, percussion, keyboards, string arrangement on My anarchy loves you and Lady Jane x sempre; Alberto Bazzoli - piano organ and keyboards; Vanni Crociani-piano, fender Rhodes and string arrangement; Diego Sapignoli -drum; Alfredo Nuti - electric guitars; Nicola Peruch - Hammond organ; Cassandra Raffaele voice, backing vocals and electric guitar; Cesare Carretta - first violin; Aldo Capicchioni - second violin;
Michela Zanotti - viola; Anselmo Pelliccioni - cello.
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Street-dancing, singer/songwriter, music creator Cassandra - whose vocal delivery can be likened to an Afropunk take on neo-soul- is most notable for her work with the alt soul band EnnieLoud. Her R&B tinged vocal recalls the halcyon days of Lauryn Hill. She sings perfectly in English and in Italian. After releasing 2 albums in Italian with really good reviews and awards, 6 years ago Cassandra moved to London where she lived, forming and fronting a dexterous trio made of the Berlin producer/DJ BeeOff and multi-instrumentalist Ross Grillo.
Cassandra fronted the band, receiving international acclaim, co-writing ‘My Faults’ with top Italian DJ Vincenzo Callea, before getting remix treatment from Grammy-winning producer Yoad Nevo (Goldfrapp, Sia, Moby). The single was released in Germany and Italy, where it hit national radio playlists and made waves across Europe in France, the UK, Greece and Russia. Its video won the ‘Best Video Clip’ award at the 2018 New York City International Films Infest Festival and was a finalist at the Los Angeles CineFest 2018. Cassandra opened the acts for the San Francisco based band, The Seschen, touring the UK and she also shared the stages with Kadija Kamara, Arlo Parks, The Scruff.
She wrote the EnnieLoud’s single ‘In My Room’ which hit the blogosphere to much acclaim, receiving coverage in the UK, Mexico, USA, Canada, France, Belgium and Kenya. Receiving its premiere on Clash, ‘In My Room’ went on to be playlisted across Spotify, hitting ten thousand streams in three weeks.The second single “The best I can” received its premiere on EarMilk ( USA ). In 2020 she returned to Italy in the midst of the pandemic, starting work on her third album, produced by Roberto Villa in the analogue studio 'L’amor mio non muore”', anticipated by the single ‘My anarchy loves you’. In 2021 she was a TedX speaker with a speech on musical creativity.