The Italian shoegaze quartet Stella Diana are set to release the EP Alhena on the 27th.
The first of the five tracks – Shohet drifts out of the speakers in a hazy roll of fuzzy delay and impatient percussion, that minds of someone being taken for a walk by their dog, as they seek to amble so the dog pulls on the leash, leading the way, as it wishes to run and the combination of this unhurried guitar and frustrated drum allows Stella Diana to deliver a track that contains two distinct ideas which they mix into a generous palatte of sound that keeps the listener ever attentive.
The gauzed vocal adds to the atmosphere of other worldliness and mystery as it too sits out of kilter with the foiling musical accompaniment. You may be forgiven for thinking with all this out of synch that Shohet will emerge as a misfit of sounds, but far from it, the experienced musicians who make up Stella Diana are able to harness it all together and whilst the ears are aware there is much happening, the medulla oblongata settles the body into a comforting space in which to settle back and drift into a trance.
Alhena is available on bandcamp.
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