Comprised of Dario Torre (vocals and guitar), Giacomo Salzano (bass), Raffaele Bocchetti (guitar), and Davide Fusco (drums), Italian psych rock quartet Stella Diana have gradually developed a national and international reputation for a sound that draws from Catherine Wheel, RIDE, Joy Division, Psychedelic Furs, The Chameleons, Pale Saints, Lush, The Stone Roses, Talk Talk and others; in other words, it’s a sound that possesses familiar elements of shoegaze, post-punk, dream pop and new wave — with lyrics sung primarily in their native Italian. And as a result, the quartet have been considered the forefront of a purely Italian version of shoegaze which the Italian press have considered an unprecedented achievement.
Adding to a growing international profile, their single “41 61 93” was not only released to critical acclaim, it was included on the Revolution — The Shoegaze Revival compilation, a compilation that was touted by Creation Records‘ Joe Foster as an unprecedented collection of the best contemporary crop of shoegazers across the world. They were also commissioned by Brazil’s TBTCI Records to cover RIDE’s “Leave Them All Behind” for a RIDE tribute album and recorded a track for Seashell Records‘ Slowdive tribute album Souvlaki Reheated.
Now if you’ve been frequenting this site for some time, you’d know that last year I wrote about “Shohet,” the densely layered, lush, shimmering and anthemic RIDE and My Vitriol channeling first single off their 2015 Alhena EP, which was released through Vipchoyo Sound Factory Records. The band released their latest effort Nitrocris earlier this year and the album’s latest single “Sulphur” reveals a band that’s gone through a change in sonic direction and approach as the quartet employs the use of swirling and shimmering guitar chords paired with a gentle yet propulsive rhythm section and ethereal vocals gently floating over the mix to create a hauntingly dreamy song that possess a bracing chill just underneath its surface while remaining (subtly) anthemic.