Plenty of famous musicians’ offspring follow the steps of their famous parents. Just to mention a few recent examples, Violet Grohl (the daughter of Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl) performed at Taylor Hawkins’s tribute concert and made a big impression; Grace McKagan (the daughter of Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan) is also trying to make it in the music business, and Aimee Osborne (Ozzy’s daughter) is also writing and recording music under the alias ARO. No matter how successful your parents are, this is an irresistible trend.
It’s now the turn of Stella Rose, the daughter of Depeche Mode singer Dave Gahan. The New York-based singer, poet, and musician has just released a new track, “Angel,” which follows “Muddled Man,” released about a month ago. Both songs could not be more different and illustrate her already impressive range. “Angel” is a pleasant slow burn with a folksy-Americana vibe and Stella’s striking vocals soaring with great strength above atmospheric guitar. Meanwhile, “Muddled Man,” is a very dark, even creepy, electronic-heavy track hit by metal scrapes and buzzing noises, building a goth effect reminiscent of Bauhaus or other post-punk act. Both songs showcase Stella’s passionate, intense, smoky vocals and come with accompanying theatrical music videos.
“Muddled Man” was produced by Yves Rothman (Yves Tumor, Girlpool, Blondshell), whom Stella Rose met in November of 2020 in Los Angeles. After listening to her low-fi voice note poetry, Yves and Stella Rose spend 2 weeks together in the studio. Primordialfreaks directed the second video for “Angel” and wrote: “The inspiration was mainly the song itself, the dark but also light quality. I think we set out to capture the heartbreak of Angel. It’s a sad but also triumphant song, like a celebration of loss and loneliness and how the most difficult things can make life more pure in a strange sort of way.”
With her band, the Dead Language, Stella Rose has already played packed-out clubs all around downtown New York and Brooklyn, opening up for bands Pretty Sick and Girlpool. Watch the videos below and stay tuned for more music from Stella Rose, out via KRO Records.
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