Transcontinental music composer and performer Danielle Birrittella has created a stunning piece of work with her debut EP, Tiny Ocean, recorded under the name Dia. The EP was released by Manimal Records and features songs produced by Joey Waronker (Beck, REM, Atoms for Peace), Tim Carr (The Americans, HAIM), and Frankie Siragusa of theLAB STUDIO.
Birrittella is a classically trained opera singer who counts among her musical influences the material of the Baroque and French Romantics, as well as folk music that infuses her cinematically-steeped, experimental EP.
A native of New England, Birrittella was raised on a Hindu ashram where she sang traditional ceremonial songs as a child. She eventually trained for and performed throughout the US and Europe as an opera singer and has lived in New York, France, and Italy. While Birrittella traveled through different countries as part of her career path as an opera singer, she began to find her own voice by writing pieces of music and playing them on a ukulele that her brother gave to her as a gift.
From such small beginnings comes the grand Tiny Ocean, which swells with plush, baroque-pop sonics, Birrittella’s lushly ethereal vocals, and an array of instrumentation that includes electric guitars, ukulele, and cellos. Thematically, the EP is inspired by a 12th century poem that contains the line, “Since you love me and I love you / the rest matters not.” Birrittella brings that heightened belief to the fore on Tiny Ocean, revealing that, “The idea of just total surrender to love… is power.”
Written by: Jen Dan