Nero Kane, "Tales of Faith and Lunacy"
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Dark Mysticism Meets Spiritual Folk: The Haunting Beauty of Samantha Stella and Nero Kane’s newest album Tales of Faith and Lunacy

Samantha Stella and Nero Kane have released their newest joint-album Tales of Faith and Lunacy. Covered with dark-minimalistic psychedelia, it invokes those hauntingly beautiful, shadowy sentiments of the past. Recorded and produced in Italy, Samantha Stella and Nero Kane have come together to release a Medieval meets the American West visual-audio story.

Their first single from the album, “Lord Won’t Come” was shot in two incredible California ghost towns, as well as a beautiful Italian church, which only strengthens the overall dark-mysticism of the album. As a visual artist with experience shooting experimental film in the deserts of California for her previous (debut) Nero Kane album “Love in a Dying World”, here Samantha once again utilized her skills to tell the visual story of this album.

Samantha Stella and Nero Kane

The album combines spiritual folk and dark mysticism to create a poetically beautiful sound drenched in dark emotion. Listening invokes a hauntingly melancholic feeling most of us are far too accustomed to these days. We are all longing for days of the past, and unsure when, if ever, we will be able to once again experience the feeling of truly being human. To be human means to experience everything from the darkest of dark to the lightest of light, in order to reach the truest depths of human existence.  I believe this album captures that feeling, while managing to go further through its strong visual elements—the cinematic aspect is not really optional, but vital to fully experience this album at its core.

Even though Tales of Faith and Lunacy has a clear dark-minimalistic sound, each single from the album creates a unique mood—take for example Magdalene, which is infused with late 70s early 80s synth punk elements. Other numbers like “I believe”, convey a much more introspective, gentle, at times dream-pop sound, reminiscent of 90s indie bands. If you’re into dark psych-folk painted with strong visual elements, this album won’t disappoint.

Watch their first single from the album Tales of Faith and Lunacy: “Lord Won’t Come” here:

“Lord Won’t Come”

What I personally found interesting is the name of the album—the concept of faith is an unwavering belief in something that others, and even ourselves at times, may not be able to see, while the lunatic is often accused of seeing or believing things that others simply don’t. With this, how different is the believer from the lunatic, really?  Let’s leave things off with a quote from Orwell’s 1984, “Perhaps a lunatic was simply a minority of one. At one time it had been a sign of madness to believe that the Earth goes round the Sun; today, to believe the past is inalterable. He might be alone in holding that belief, and if alone, then a lunatic…” So what are you waiting for?  Be the lunatic.

Review written by Isabella Moulton– a stylist and writer by day, and aesthetic aficionado by night. For inquiries, please contact her at: | Keep it groovy <3

Samantha Stella and Nero Kane:

My passion for music was cultivated by my parents, who took me to see obscure bands perform and encouraged me to start my own record collection at a young age. I grew up listening to Pink Floyd and Peter Frampton with my mom; she told me if I listened to Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon” in complete darkness my life would be forever changed…I did and it was, thanks mom. From then on I realised that music does not exist solely to colourfully take up time, but is rather an experience that should be had as many times as possible. One of the first concerts I attended was The Who at the Hollywood Bowl, but as a teenager I started seeing a lot of indie bands at the local music hall, and was fascinated by the story their music told. Every song has a story and I wanted to hear it. So here I am, currently based in Vienna and work as a stylist and designer for my own company “The Eccentric Bourgeoisie” -- I’ll happily add some extravagance to your dull wardrobe or give you some flair to help you stand out above the rest at an event ;) I have lived in the US, Canada, Malaysia, Spain, the UK, the Netherlands and Italy. Wherever I have travelled music has allowed me to broaden my horizons by experiencing new things and meeting interesting people. It has the ability to connect people from different cultures and generations, influencing the way we think and feel…there’s nothing quite like it. The way it can capture the essence of a time, the energy of a people, and allow later generations to relive it is awe-inspiring.
 My musical interests predominately centre on what was produced in the 1960’s and 1970’s, but I also appreciate more modern bands as well. Something happened during this time musically and artistically which can never be recreated; it was like a sonic boom of creativity. I am drawn to the fashion, art films (Especially Nouvelle Vague and Giallo) and the records which were produced during this magical period in history. I have a soft spot for 1960’s garage, glam rock and of course French Playboy singers. My top picks include: T. Rex, Jacques Dutronc, Nino Ferrer, The Doors, Joe Dassin, the Kinks and Jacqueline Taieb. I adore modern bands which take the musical energy created in previous decades and build on it; some of my favourites are the Triptides and Mystic Braves. Show me your record collection and I’ll show you mine. Know some great band I should listen to? Get in contact! I’m always looking to expand my musical horizons.