Stella Diana release Alhena via Vipchoyo Sound Factory
on 1 February 2016
Stella Diana Drops New Single ‘Mira’ from “Alhena’ EP, Named 6th Best Release of 2015
“The most interesting shoegaze phenomenon emerging from Italy. Unique in the world of Italian shoegaze… nothing short of fabulous” – The Record Stache“Their sound is so powerful that it really wouldn’t matter if they decided to sing in gibberish” – Stereo Embers Magazine
“Walls of Sounds from Naples. Get lost in this cool wave of noise” – 50thirdand3rd (NYC)“Some of the best sonic sounds around, not only in Italy, but some of the best in Europe” – Primal Music Blog
Stella Diana has announced ‘Mira’ as their new single. This track comes from the band’s vast, compelling ‘Alhena’ EP, which was named the Sixth Best Release of 2015 by Stereo Embers Magazine. The 5-track EP is available through Italy’s Vipchoyo Sound Factory label. The first single ‘Shohet’ foreshadows a release full of melodic gems. Tracks spirit you into a state of bliss, underpinned with a harmonic complexity that both beguiles and entrances. Meet your new favourite Italian band.
Stella Diana are Dario Torre (vocals and guitar), Giacomo Salzano (bass guitar), Raffaele Bocchetti (guitar), and Davide Fusco (drums). This EP was mixed and mastered by Marc Joy of Lights That Change and Alexander Kretov of Ummagma.
Hailing from a city more known for pizza and opera than shoegaze and new wave addicts, Stella Diana possess not only the spirit of late 80s/early 90s British bands like Catherine Wheel and Ride, but also the dark wave seeds of Joy Division and the stylistic underpinnings of new wave artists like Psychedelic Furs and The Chameleons, all of whom number among the band’s influences. Others include Pale Saints, Lush, The Stone Roses, Codeine, Christian Death, and Talk Talk.
Since their inception in 1998, Stella Diana has gradually become recognized by the Italian press as one of the best shoegaze bands in the country with their intricate, brooding and textured mix of shoegaze, post-punk, dreampop and new wave. They have managed to grow a sizeable international following despite singing entirely in Italian – an unprecedented achievement for an Italian indie band in these respective genres.
Listen to ‘Mira’:
In 2014, Stella Diana released ’41 61 93′ to critical acclaim, finally achieving a perfect synthesis of distorted guitars and dilated sounds.According to Italian portal Rock.it, Stella Diana produces music “that sounds like shoegaze no one has ever made in Italy”. Italian tastemaker indieforbunnies.it sees Stella Diana as trailblazers “not only because it is very difficult to find another shoegaze band in Italy so compelling, but also because they manage to perfectly blend the dreampop concept with walls of distortion and the Italian language”, noting that “it is virtually impossible to find another band like this in Italy”.
Look forward to the next full-length album from Stella Diana, entitled ‘NITROCRIS’ in spring 2016.
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