Cambridge Comma is the solo project for Dani Putrino. She started producing music in high school and won Battle of the Bands and Songwriting Competition awards for punk and R&B outings. Recently she released Open Sky Open Sea which she says “takes influences from artists such as Florence + the Machine and BadBadNotGood, and draws from all pop music from Billie Holiday to Lady Gaga.” In all honesty I couldn't hear much of that influence at all in these four songs.
Her music is instrumental, ethereal, atmospheric and from my ears seems to be mostly electronic-like soft synths and pads. I thought the music had a video game feel which in no way is an insult. Have you heard the music to Undertale? It’s fantastic.
Up first is “Wish/Prey” which has a lounge-y jazz vibe to it that combines with a soft/airy atmosphere. In addition to the video game feel to the music there is also an anime quality to it. Something I could imagine being played at the ending credits of an anime episode. I’ve watched plenty of anime in my time and have to say this music fits the bill.
Up next is “Big Gray Cloud” which drops the jazzy vibe and mostly ethereal and angelic sounding in a very digital, soft synth type of way. It’s arguably the highlight of the four songs and probably had the most legs to stand on as a single song. “Blue” has more energy than previous songs. It felt more like a “Boss Level” type of music. A number of arpeggiated synths meld with a straightforward beat and airy pads.
She ends with the slowing moving “Atlas.” In its five-plus-minutes the song doesn’t change much. A couple of delayed notes played on guitar ring out over an electric piano.
I felt this music would be best used with a visual component. It felt very passive to me as if it would have benefited supporting something else. If she wants to continue making music in this style she may want to consider contacting video game companies or like-minded businesses to see if they would want to use her music.
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