Maze by Chris Ianuzzi

Release date: April 8, 2022
Label: Satellite Symphonics

When somebody mentions modern vocal electronic music these days, the first thing that comes to mind is the one that is so closely connected to techno, house, or any other form of dance music. Going a few steps forward, back, or sideways seems to be reserved only for a smaller number of artists that are attempting to break the standard EDM mold.

It seems to be exactly the direction that New York electronic artist Chris Ianuzzi is trying to forge with, Maze, his latest album.

On the surface, Ianuzzi seems to be going back to the days when artists like Cabaret Voltaire and Fad Gadget, for example, were trying to set new boundaries for vocal electronic music. Dark, and brooding vocals combined with some specific electronic wizardry that sounds that it is truly coming out of the left-field.

 

Actually, with the sound he creates here, Ianuzzi, confirms his own description: “My interest in electronic music never waned after the sound of a Moog synthesiser at a music store triggered an earlier childhood hallucinogenic memory I first experienced during a dental procedure.”  

And yes, Maze, as suggested by these words and the maze-like cover of the album, goes exactly for that hallucinogenic, on the edge of pain effect, with the goal of reaching relief.

Part of the strange effect Ianuzzi produces here comes from the fact that Ianuzzi is employing A.I. technology for this release, giving that sound of the early innovators a completely new aural clothing.

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