Nero Kane is an Italian psych dark folk songwriter with an intimate, minimal and decadent path. Voice and guitar combine his European roots to American desert sound in a project full of emotional visions. His debut LP “Love In A Dying World” was recorded and produced in Los Angeles by Joe Cardamone of Valley Recording Company (The Icarus Line / Holy War, among his collaborations The Jesus and Mary Chain, The Cult, James Williamson / The Stooges, Warren Ellis and Mark Lanegan), and released on November 30th, 2018 for LA art collective American Primitive. His sound has been critically defined as a suspended and crepuscular music where the melancholy of Nick Cave and the last Johnny Cash are mixed in a spare psych-folk and stark blues-rock with a distant, lost and frozen voice. The album was launched with an experimental film shot in California by Italian visual artist, performer and filmmaker Samantha Stella, who joins Nero Kane in the live set on vocals and keyboards. The film was screened in museums and art galleries. The duo performed in many Italian and European venues, including theaters and churches, up to their tour in UK in February 2020, described by Backseat Mafia (UK) review as a live where “there is an intensity, a sense of foreboding that is heightened routinely by intense atmospherics which makes it unique.” His second album “Tales of Faith and Lunacy”, recorded and produced near Venice in Italy by Matt Bordin of Outside Inside Studio (Squadra Omega, among his recordings and productions Thurston Moore / Sonic Youth, Michael Zerang, Jackie O’ Motherfucker, Delaney Davidson), will land on October 30th, 2020 in vinyl, CD and cassette via Berlin psych label Nasoni Records and Italian labels BloodRock Records and Anacortes Records. “Tales of Faith and Lunacy” is a visionary story with a cinematic flavor, a timeless journey conceived in a personal vision of faith between spirituality and passion. The album, featuring Samantha Stella as singer, musician and lyricist, and Nicola Manzan (Bologna Violenta) as guest violinist, unfolds in a desert landscape where medieval European mystical influences blend with the flavour of the American West to weave a gloomy, minimal psychedelia.
“Nero Kane has become a master of evocative dark, western-tinged psych. He doesn’t just create music, he creates soundscapes with imagery deeply entrenched that leave you so deep in thought you wonder how the effect will ever leave you.” Backseat Mafia (UK), October 2020.
“Nero Kane is back with a psychedelic folk masterpiece, Tales of Faith and Lunacy.” It’s Psychedelic Baby Magazine (SLO), September 2020.
“Live there is an intensity, a sense of foreboding that is heightened routinely by intense atmospherics which makes it unique.” Backseat Mafia (UK), May 2020.
“The quality of the songs that Kane wrote and sang here with a distant, lost and frozen voice, reaches a very high level, enough to touch the sublime.” Buscadero Magazine (IT), April 2019.
“Nero Kane’s music is a mesmerizing and noir mix of spare psych-folk and stark blues-rock that he makes with his dispassionate, direct vocals.” Rebel Noise (USA), April 2019.
“Nero Kane sets off carrying existential melancholy on the path of a Nick Cave ideally accompanied by Ry Cooder of Paris Texas. You can enjoy the first singles Black Crows, Living On The Edge Of The Night and Now The Day Is Over through the beautiful Lynchian videos shot by the performer / video artist Samantha Stella as part of the eponymous experimental film.” La Repubblica (IT), March 2019.
“A dark, desert, hallucinated and decadent rock that evokes ghosts of Mark Lanegan, the last Johnny Cash, the more pulp Lou Reed.” Rumore Magazine (IT), February 2019.
Love In A Dying World, Teatro Renzo Casali, Milan, Italy – video interview – Il Sole 24Ore (IT), February 2019.
“If singer/songwriters are your thing and you prefer a minimalist approach, with influences including country western, psychedelia and desert rock, you could do far worse than listen to Nero Kane.” Backseat Mafia (UK), February 2019.
“Love In A Dying World has the evocative power of a Gothic and introspective western, so solemn and pooky at the same time. A suspended and crepuscular music moves like a sequence plan on desert and visionary registers.” Blow Up Magazine (IT), January 2019.
“Minimal, obscure, melancholic and twilight discography debut in the name of tracks characterized by an often funeral path, both electric guitar and voice. The most immediate references lead to Mark Lanegan, Nick Cave and the last Johnny Cash. Very successful album.” Radiocoop (IT), November 2018.
“Wrought with desolate imagery and looming darkness, Nero’s recent single offers a glimpse of the young artist’s mind, which opts for minimalist approaches to psychic conventions. The easiest path to the destination is a straight line, and Nero’s aim is true.“ All Things Go (USA), October 2018.