DNS aka Daniel Sketches Isobella is an alternative electro duo consisting of Isobella Carolina Boucher (music/lyrics) and Daniel Lee Morris (vocals/lyrics). Daniel Sketches Isobella does almost as good a job of examining the outside world as it does the introspection of the self. “Love will rip us to pieces”, a bitter sweet song reminiscent of dysfunctional love-relationships, “Lust Lulliby” and “Never Leave Me alone” are prime examples. So there’s plenty for you to relish.
My biggest complaint with electronic music usually, as a whole, is that it can at times tend to feel flat and lifeless. Daniel Sketches Isobella completely overcomes these problems, injecting some real feeling into the proceedings. Daniel Lee Morris extends his vocal range here quite a bit, which differentiates the songs nicely. The lyrics combine introspection buts points at the external world, while the music is melodic but strongly experimental.
DNS’ greatest asset is probably the fact that they continue to grow musically on each track and never sound like anyone else. The sounds Isobella Carolina Boucher uses in “Love will rip us to pieces” are as varied as in her past releases, but the songwriting is catchier, more powerful and driving here.
On “Love will rip us to pieces”, I could hear an improvement on already passionate vocals, some experimental drifts in the way things are mixed and mingled, and sounds that – as always – try to speak to the audience.
Unoriginal, exhausted, a little lost… This is the current state of the electronic music scene. Among the releases in recent years, all we have heard are repetitive danceable ideas; less content, uninspired club-orientated music. Not so with Daniel Sketches Isobella who show what they can do in creating and re-creating soul-stirring electronic music.
When you arrive at a point where something new cannot be achieved, you need to look around, analyze and re-organize. This is what the collaboration between Isobella Carolina Boucher and Daniel Lee Morris has achieved. New influences and different musical territories have expanded their points of view and performances. The world is a lot bigger than your eyes can see, and music is a lot more universal than your ears can hear. Collaborations bring both these experiences much closer, as is the case with Daniel Sketches Isobella!