Soul Island

FRESH: ‘Shards’ – Soul Island

Electro-pop producer Soul Island releases his debut album “Shards”.

Italian-born, London-based producer, musician and songwriter Daniele De Matteis aka Soul Island has shared “Night Shore”, the third cut off his upcoming LP “Shards”, set for release on 7th December via Loyal To Your Dreams. With mixing and post-production by Italian indie-pop songstress and producer Matilde Davoli (Populous, Indian Wells, Giorgio Tuma and Lucia Manca) and Soul Island himself, “Shards” is the first full length LP by Soul Island and is described as ‘a collection of fragments of the artist’s inner speech on what’s intimate but also on what’s outside, from subcultures to wider global topics’. The first single from the album “Ocean”, was met with great acclaim and received support from tastemaker publications including CLASH and Discobelle.

Italy born and raised Daniele grew up widely immersed in the local DIY punk and hardcore scenes which subsequently led to him singing for Room 104, whose collaboration with local band Suburban Noise, titled “El sonido de la ciento y cuatro”, anticipated mainstream emo culture with its sound. After moving to Bologna to study, Daniele formed Thousands Millions with drummer Federico Vaglio and bass player Massimiliano Giannuzzi (with whom he also formed the duo Kulledge), merging his ’90s music background with the rediscovery of power-pop acts from the ’60s onwards. After Daniele moved London in 2010, he collaborated and toured with a number of projects and bands, including alt-indie band Echopark and folk group Girl With The Gun.

Inspired by an array of musical influences, from Caribou to Brian Eno, to underground and now dissolved acts of ’70s and ’80s such as Hüsker Dü or Fugazi, Soul Island’s particular sound could be comparable to a blend of electronica, chillwave, ambient-house and alt-pop, likened to MGMT, Everything Everything and other unique contemporary pop groups. With “Night Shore”, Soul Island takes the listener on an enchanting journey of instrumental synth and rolling drum-beats. The track begins with bouncing synth rhythms that call to mind African marimbas, which then build and lead into crisp drum beats and pulsing synth melodies, all layering onto one another, building into cathartic hills of sound and mood. A synth solo pierces the waterfall of sound, taking the listener to the very end of the track with a plaintive and nostalgic melody.

On his brand new LP release, Soul Island comments, “Shards” is a collection of personal chants and soundscapes about feelings protection and growth. Each one is a fragment of my story and inner speech on what’s intimate but also on what’s outside, from subcultures to global issues. All weaved with analog arps and beats, made using gear that I’ve accumulated over time”.

“Shards” album tracklist:
1. Loser Rev
2. Bleed
3. Neon Vision
4. Ocean
5. Night Shore
6. Soul Drain
7. Perlin Time
8. Lead Out
9. Mother

For more about Soul Island, check out his WEBSITE and his FACEBOOK group

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So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!

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