Stella Burns
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Stella Burns

Bologna, Italy | Established. Jan 01, 2011 | SELF

Bologna, Italy | SELF
Established on Jan, 2011
Solo Alternative Americana


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2014 Stella Burns Loves You (Tweve Records)
2016 Jukebox Songs (Love & Thunder Records)

As Hollowblue
2004 What You Left Behind (Suiteside Records)
2007 Stars are Crashing in my Backyard (Midfinger Records/Warner Italia)
2009 Wild Nights Quiet Dreams (aCupintheGarden Records/Supermota)



Stella Burns is the new project and nom-de-plume of Italy-based singer-songwriter and musician, Gianluca Maria Sorace. 

Sorace is the front-man with Hollowblue, who have recorded three albums, ‘What You Left Behind’ (2004), ‘Stars are Crashing (in My Backyard’ (2008) and ‘Wild Nights, Quiet Dreams’ (2009), of richly-textured, strings-laden pop. 

Stella Burns maintains Sorace’s swooning, gorgeous vocals, which have drawn him comparisons by ‘Uncut’ with Billy Mackenzie, but is otherwise a very different act. Much starker and largely acoustic in tone, it finds Sorace experimenting with a dozen different instruments including banjo, mandolin, cello, harmonica and trumpets. As befits the “space cowboy” character whom he has based Stella Burns around, it is with its scorched, windswept soundscapes like a stripped-down and lo-fi Ennio Morricone or Calexico. 

Stella Burns’s debut album, ‘Stella Burns Loves You’, which was funded by PledgeMusic, was released on the small Italian label Twelve Records earlier this year. Gianluca Sorace has described it as being “an album about love”, and its fourteen songs include the shimmering Spaghetti Western-inspired ‘Tiny Miss F’ in which amidst a gun battle the magnetic title character arrives out of seemingly nowhere; the angst-torn, hazily sinister ‘The Big Tide’; ‘Morricone’, which concludes in a soaring cascade of brass, and ‘A Little Piece of Blue’, a ricocheting duet between Sorace and husky-throated Scottish singer Emma Morton. The latter is accompanied by an abstractedly comical video which, set in a Tuscan field, has Sorace and Morton, who is revealed to be heavily pregnant, as out-of-sorts lovers. Perched on ancient chairs next to each other, they studiously find different ways of ignoring one another. As the two begin to make up, the video erupts out of black and white into a fusion of colour. (From PennyblackMusic site)

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