Italy Sound

12 Artists From Italy You Need To Hear Now

Wednesday 21st June 2017

Pictured: Giorgieness. Still taken from the music video for 'Come se non ci fosse un domani'

We take to continental Europe to find you 12 of the best emerging artists and bands. Italy, as a country that has long been synonymous with art and style, seemed like an ideal place to begin...

Kicking things off, Giorgieness - the project of singer/guitarist Giorgia D’Eraclea. Hailing from Milan they released their debut album 'La Guista Distanza' [The Right Distance] in 2016. They play a heady mix of lo-fi indie, garage and grunge.

For Fans Of: Black Honey, The Big Moon, Dream Wife.

Osaka Flu are an indie punk band from Arezzo. Their second album, 2016's 'KM183' went after a harder more direct sound, whilst still remaining firmly rooted in rock n roll and the blues. 'KM183' is also sung entirely in Italian unlike their 2015 debut 'Look Out Kid'.

For Fans Of: Royal Blood, Arctic Monkeys, Wolf Alice.

Post-punk trio from the coastal town of Pesaro. A well-established act having toured internationally numerous times and supported the like of PIL, Horrors and Slowdive. They played The Yab with Carl Barat and Throwing Shade for Fred Perry SubcultureLive in June (2017).

For Fans Of: Joy Division/New Order, My Bloody Valentine.

Self-described 'hard pop' outfit from Lanciano who formed whilst the band members were recovering from a car accident they were in together. They play indie full of scuzzy guitars and pop hooks and released their fourth album 'Un Incubo Stupendo' [A Wonderful Nightmare] in March 2017.

For Fans Of: Sundara Karma, Catfish & The Bottlemen, Blossoms.

Maria Antonietta is from Pesaro on the east coast of Italy and makes some west coast sunshine sounds. Originally a founding member of the shoegaze band Young Wrists, Maria embarked on her own and has released 2 albums of lo-fi surf rock, with some softer slower singer/songwriter moments too.

For Fans Of: Courtney Barnett, Best Coast, Spring King.

An electronic duo from Naples, formed by producer Alfredo Maddaluno and singer/songwriter Cyen, Yombe make progressive, stylish electro-pop, combining vibrant African influenced rhythms with slick, modern European dance music production.

For Fans Of: Dua Lipa, Clean Bandit, Kiesza.

As their name might suggest, Hermit have an introspective approach to their atmospheric songs, which are pleasingly reminiscent of New Order's 'Get Ready' period. Hermit found inspiration in Berlin's underground electronic music scene, as opposed to their native Italy, for their debut EP 'Going Under'. The EP also featured a cover of The Black Keys' 'Lonely Boy'.

For Fans Of: New Order, Pet Shop Boys, The Beloved.

Motta is the solo project of singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Francesco Motta from the port city of Livorno. Formerly of the band 'Criminal Jokers' he makes powerful alt/folk rock tinged with psychedelia, new wave and indie. His debut album 'La Fine Dei Vent'anni' [The End Of The Twenties] was released in 2016.

For Fans Of: Real Estate, Louis Berry, Nick Cave. 

Summer with a hint of melancholy, Giorgio Poi plays indie pop with a healthy dose of psychedelia. Currently based in London his debut album 'Fa Niente' was released in February 2017. It is also worth checking out his other project Cairobi. A London based, English language 4-piece of a similar style who also released their self-titled debut album early in 2017.

For Fans Of: Tame Impala, Foxygen, Unknown Mortal Orchestra.

Rome based synthpop outfit with nods to new wave and indie, 'sexy pop' as they describe it on their Facebook page. Their debut album 'Superbattito' was released in March 2017.

For Fans Of: East India Youth, Chvrches, The 1975. 

Alt-rock/indie quartet from Lanciano with post-punk tendencies. They released their second album 'Alcol, Schifo e Nostalgia' [Alcohol, Disgust & Nostalgia] in March 2017 which followed on from a well hyped 2016.

For Fans Of: The Amazons, Courteeners, Circa Waves. 

Giungla is the moniker of singer/songwriter Emanuela Drei who currently resides is Bologna. She plays a progressive form of alternative pop which experiments with elements of rock and electronica.

For Fans Of: PJ Harvey, Pumarosa, She Drew The Gun.

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