A personal sound, where soothing acoustic guitars perfectly blend with gritty electric riffs, Nicole Stella's music draws inspiration from classic songwriters and legendary rock bands alike, sounding like an imaginary encounter between the delicate Joni Mitchell and the energetic Thin Lizzy.
Far from the conformity of mainstream music, her songs range from folk to rock, through a wide compass of nuances, styles, and instruments, where Nicole's voice, trained by Opera and Jazz studies, but still warm and spontaneous, is the real protagonist.
Canzoni Per Vivienne
What can heal the soul of a woman consumed by the label hysterical, by half-life spent in an asylum, and by the massive use of psychiatric drugs? The search for beauty and the hope of being able to portray it with words may not be enough, but could surely help. Nicole Stella investigates the healing power of art, the condition of women and the mental health stigma in a seven-track, acoustic concept album inspired by the story of Vivienne Haigh-Wood. For the first time in Italian.
"Nicole Stella [...] delivers seven intense tracks, filled with acoustic sounds, a product of her multi-instrumentalist skills. Raw arrangements support the dramatic flair in each song. A beautiful, authentic, moving album: a slap and a caress at once." (Michele Neri, Vinile n.13 - May/June 2018 - English translation)
Something To Say
Independently produced and released, Something To Say crosses the border of folk and acoustic music, to offer a variegate tracklist, where pop-rock tunes, intimate ballads, folksongs, blues, and electro-rock experiments all sit together. With Something To Say, you can dive into reflective atmospheres or dance to the grit of rock'n'roll. You can find the escapologist Houdini as a symbol of freedom, or the story of Salinger's Glass Family in the dark mood of A Letter. You can find a little rest from the need of always having Something To Say, or a soothing melody for hard times in Dead End. How will you enjoy the album? Will you use it as a self-empowerment push or as a restful haven for noisy times?
"It was nice to hear the way the classic rock feel combined with the folk stylings. No matter the style, the artist's voice was always the start of the show." (April H., Divide And Conquer music blog)
Enjoy the simplicity of a folk perspective, à la Joni Mitchell, and the complexity of Tori Amos' classical and jazz echoes. In the same album. Independently produced, released, and distributed, New Day features Nicole Stella's voice, classically trained but entirely distinctive, and minimalist arrangements of acoustic guitars, keyboards, and bass lines. The raw sound of the album with interesting, often unusual harmonies, is a manifesto against conformity. Its calming atmospheres are an invitation to listen with closer attention, leaving all the noisy background behind.
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