The album release was preceded by two singles – the first is Sulphur, a dark and sad ballad, like a numbing homeopathic remedy, that is a beautiful slow-burner, beginning quite slowly and then seemingly exploding into infinite space. The second is Dedu’n, which presents a darker sound than usual for the band.
Each song on the new album is heavily rhythmic and fuses shoegaze stylings with 80’s new wave, similar to the sound of Echo and the Bunnymen or The Chameleons, taking the listener to obscure and atmospheric territory. In Dedu’n, the voice is drowned in reverb with a low bass and psychedelic guitars… the effect is a long and exciting spatial sound wave.
Dedu’n (or Dedwen) was a Nubian god worshipped during ancient times, documented as early as 2400 BC. The earliest Egyptian writings about Dedu’n indicates that he was the god of incense, an extremely expensive luxury commodity, largely produced in Nubia.The album name itself is named for Nitocris, an ancient Egyptian queen and the last Pharaoh of the Sixth Dynasty. According to the chronicles, she was very beautiful but it’s not particularly mentioned. The album artwork defines the album’s title – an abandoned woman, who is beautiful, but sad and suffering. Ethereal and elusive, without a face.
“It’s likely that “she” did not exist in native Egyptian inscriptions,” comments Stella Diana frontman Dario Torre. “This ‘not existing’ thing is very interesting and fascinating. Often you do something, you live, you breathe, you work hardly, you love. Nevertheless, for the people you don’t exist.”
The new single and forthcoming LP follows up the band’s recent Alhena EP, released in 2015 by both British and Italian labels and ranked among the ‘Best of 2015’ on numerous blogger lists.
In comparison to Alhena and the band’s previous albums, ‘Nitocris’ is somewhat more introspective. “We now have three members, which has brought about a change in our sound as we’ve become a lot more focused on the atmosphere, as well as changes in intensity within the music,” explains Dario Torre.
3. F.U. Orionis
6. Psychedelic Furs
8. Aya Ray
9. J. Carpenter
Dario Torre – vocals/lyrics/guitars
Giacomo Salzano – bass/synth
Davide Fusco – drums
Recorded and mixed at Vipchoyo Sound Factory in Naples by Giacomo Salzano and Stella Diana