Introducing: Daniele Celona

Daniele CelonaAs somebody who is extremely wordy, I find it especially impressive when a song in a language I barely understand can evoke such emotion in me. So it is with the music of Daniele Celona, a poetic Italian songwriter hailing from Turin. For fans of early Radiohead (The Bends era) and REM, his melodic yet punchy, guitar-heavy rock style veils the lyricism of a more fragile soul.

I first stumbled across his music at a secret show in a warehouse on the outskirts of Rome. I actually saw him soundcheck (to be early is to be on time, to be on time is to be late, to be late is to be a complete heathen etc) and I confess I was not entirely convinced by what I first heard. Plus his modest, unassuming demeanour and slightly disheveled appearance hinted at an artist just starting out and still finding his feet. How wrong I was: accompanied only by a friend providing electric guitar and vocal harmonies, he played a set of unrelenting ferocity and passion, and, humbled, I was immediately converted.

The jewel in his crown is a track called “Atlantide”, featuring his vocals in a duet with female vocalist, Levante – it’s a powerful and touching tale of a relationship gone sour…

Find out more about Daniele Celona on Facebook and listen to "Atlantide" below.

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