Vinyl | Alternative | 24 Jan 2020
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Stella was born beside the sea and raised by a Canadian nanny who waterskied topless. Following the release of two standout singles - "Samba" and "The Race" - the Athens-based artist is ready to share "The Break", her international debut. Self-produced, and recorded primarily at her home studio, "The Break" brings together all the playfulness and spontaneity that characterizes Stella's music: non-standard pop deviations whose shimmering feel-good surfaces are anchored by a powerful undertow of melancholy.
Stella explains, "The Break has a lot to do with an "inner break" I was experiencing at the time. I intensely felt that I was moving from one place to another, musically and personally. I mean, if we look at the cover, I've turned myself into a bird and the circle - for me - indicates two different dimensions. Making it made me feel that I really wanted this music to travel, to infinity and beyond." Based in Greece, Stella began writing music while still a student at the Athens School of Fine Art, and first released songs into the wild of the Internet in 2012.
Soon in demand as a guest writer and vocalist for an impressive cross section of the Greek underground scene, she also flexed her melodic muscle on more personal collaborative projects, such as Fever Kids and a series of acclaimed tracks with Nteibint. But it was striking out on her own, writing and releasing two solo albums - her self-titled 2015 debut "Stella" and 2017's "Works For You" - that brought her critical momentum, buzz and airplay, making her one of Greece's most popular indie stars.Happiest on stage with her band, Stella has built a strong reputation for stunning live performances. She has opened for such international artists as Chinawoman, Busy P, Breakbot and Metronomy, to date appearing at the SXSW Music Festival, ESNS - Eurosonic Noorderslag, Iceland Airwaves, Reeperbahn, Le Printemps de Bourges, and seven Europavox Network Festivals (in Belgium, France, Italy and Lithuania), as well as at venues in the UK, Germany, Bulgaria, and Cyprus.
Now signed with Arbutus Records, she's ready to break out - and ready to break you in.
Release Date: 24 Jan 2020
Catalogue No: ABT077LP
2. The Race
3. Simon Says
7. The Break
8. I'm Alone
9. Num Ro
10. The River
12. Sleeping Separate
13. The World Is Big