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|Labels||Seahorse Recordings, Audioglobe|
|Associated acts||Joni Fuller|
|Members||Matteo Gagliardi |
|Past members||Diana D'Ascenzo |
Søren is an Italian dark folk collective formed in 2013 by Matteo Gagliardithat employs musicians from all over the world. In 2017 they released their debut album Stargazing, quickly followed by a video single for the song Houses and a companion ep recorded live in 2018 titled Stargazing Live!. In 2019 they will release Bedtime Rituals, their second studio album.
Søren are often described as a cocktail of Neo-Folk and New Wave and are usually compared to other Neofolk acts from Rome like Spiritual Front, but with more new wave influences. Other reviewers compared them to acts like My Bloody Valentine, Daughter and The XX and described them as electro-folk. Their songs are often described as "dark ballads", and they use a mix of almost-whispered male and strong female vocals.
Stargazing, Søren's first album, is a very collaborative work with more than ten musicians across the world working on it coming from different backgrounds and musical genres, from the singer-songwriter world of Joni Fuller and Mike Wyatt to the punk attitude of guitarist Matt LeFevers and the metal background of drummer Siros Vaziri. Bedtime Rituals features recurring collaborators like Fuller, LeFevers, Wyatt and Vaziri and new faces like metal guitarists Alex Gloshkin and Artem Iefimov.
The cover art of Stargazing was digitally painted by Daniele Piscitello, lead animator of the videogame The Wardrobe. The same cover was edited by filmmaker Antonio La Camera, also director of the Houses music video and award winner with his short Flesh and Dust, to be used for Stargazing Live!. Bedtime Rituals, Søren second studio album, features a cover painted by Martyna "Outstar" Zych, animator on The Witcher 3, lead designer of Cold Hearts and twitch streamer. Works on the cover was live-streamed on twitch and now it is featured on the band official YouTube channel.
- Matteo Gagliardi – vocals, keyboards, wavedrum, drum programming (2013–present)
- Andrea Aloisi - percussions (2018–present)
Recurring studio members
- Joni Fuller – violin, strings (2013-present)
- Mike Wyatt – acoustic guitar (2013–present)
- Alex Gloshkin – bass, electric guitar (2018–present)
- Artem Iefimov – bass (2018–present)
- Glen Welman – drums (2018–present)
- Diana D'Ascenzo - vocals, guitars (2013–2017)
- Giulia Cianca - vocals (2013–2017)
- Flaminia Capitani – vocals, rhythmic guitar (2017–2019)
- Danilo Marianelli - guitars (2018)