Σtella was born beside the sea and raised by a Canadian nanny who waterskied topless.
Following the releases of her two recent singles on Arbutus Records, (“Samba” and “The Race”), Σtella is ready to share her new album, “The Break”. Presenting the first out of her three albums, where Σtella herself produced, and recorded -most of it- at her home studio, “The Break” brings together all the playfulness and spontaneity that characterizes her music: non-standard pop deviations whose shimmering feel-good surfaces are anchored by a powerful undertow of melancholy.
Based in Greece, Σtella 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 “Σtella” 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, Σtella 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.
People have been talking about her: Enticing [said Clash Magazine]. Σtella’s honey-rich vocals overlie a crisp, no-frills backing that has echoes of classic ’60s pop [said The Line of Best Fit]. The fact that her range is on the lower end of the spectrum gives Σtella this regal quality to her music, similar to what Annie Lennox did for the Eurythmics [said Earmilk]. Her lyrics are moody and compelling on their own, but I was buying whatever she was selling as soon as I heard her blend of video game-flavored electro-pop paired with deep lady vocals. Swoon [said Bitch Media]. With dirt under her fingernails, a whole decade of grit in her voice, and an endless supply of bass licks, the Athens-based singer-songwriter will get any room moving [said MTV Iggy]. Bold, streamlined pop [said Paste Magazine]. A soft wave of wistful nostalgia… majestic [said Gorilla vs. Bear].
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