Søren (band)

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Søren
Søren and Nina Orlandi in 2019.jpg
Background information
OriginRome, Italy
GenresDark folk[1][2][3]
New Wave[4][5][6][7]
Gothic Rock[8][9][10]
Years active2013-present
LabelsSeahorse Recordings, Audioglobe[11] (2017-2018)
Lost Generation Records (2019-)
Associated actsJoni Fuller
Websitehttp://soren.rocks
MembersMatteo Gagliardi
Diana D'Ascenzo
Past membersGiulia Cianca
Flaminia Capitani
Danilo "ZooT" Marianelli
Andrea Aloisi

Søren is an Italian dark folk/new wave collective formed in 2013 by Matteo Gagliardi[12][13] that 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 April 2020 they released Bedtime Rituals, their second studio album. Their name is a tribute to the danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard.

Style[edit]

Søren are often described as a cocktail of Dark Folk and New Wave[14] and are usually compared to other Neofolk acts from Rome like Spiritual Front,[15] but with more new wave influences.[16] Other reviewers compared them to acts like My Bloody Valentine, Daughter and The XX and described them as electro-folk.[17] Their songs are often described as "dark ballads", and they use a mix of almost-whispered male and strong female vocals.[18]. Their second album Bedtime Rituals was compared to the gothic rock sound of The Sisters of Mercy,[19] with epic and symphonic influences, [20] almost fantasy-like. [21]

Collaborations[edit]

Stargazing and Bedtime Rituals, Søren's first two albums, are very collaborative works with more than ten musicians across the world working on them 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.

Album covers[edit]

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.

Lineup[edit]

Official members[edit]

Former members[edit]

  • Giulia Cianca - vocals (2013–2017)
  • Flaminia Capitani – vocals, rhythmic guitar (2017–2019)
  • Danilo "ZooT" Marianelli - guitars (2018)
  • Andrea Aloisi - percussions (2018–2019)

Official members timeline[edit]

Recurring studio members[edit]

  • Joni Fuller – violin, viola, cello (2013-present)
  • Lorenzo Tarquini - guitars, bass guitar (2019-present)
  • Danilo "ZooT" Marianelli - guitars (2019)
  • Andrea Aloisi - percussions (2019)
  • Glenn Welman – drums (2018)

Discography[edit]

Full-length albums[edit]

Other releases[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "In your eyes".
  2. ^ "Distorsioni".
  3. ^ "Cornermusic".
  4. ^ "Distorsioni".
  5. ^ "Rockit".
  6. ^ "Music Map".
  7. ^ "Rock Shock".
  8. ^ "Darkroom".
  9. ^ "SOund 36".
  10. ^ "OndaRock".
  11. ^ "Audioglobe".
  12. ^ "Official website".
  13. ^ "Rockerilla".
  14. ^ "Distorsioni".
  15. ^ Belmonte, Antonio (February 2018). "Treecolore in breve". Rumore. p.87.CS1 maint: location (link)
  16. ^ "In your eyes".
  17. ^ "Heart of Glass".
  18. ^ "Distorsioni".
  19. ^ "SOund 36".
  20. ^ "MusicMap".
  21. ^ "RockShock".

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