"A delicate and introspective acoustic album that reveals the talent of Stefano Antoci D'Agostino, helped by some indie Italian celebrities who tie a ribbon on a bunch of lo-fi folk songs that, born all around the world, show a very international flavour [...] an album that sounds a bit like a wanderer, but this doesn't mean that it sounds without having a specific direction" (Beppe Ceccato, ROLLING STONE)
"Minimalist folk-rock ... intimate, epidermal, intense and precious [...] Stead complies to the standards of the american folk tradition, he combines it with a vocal approach and melodic structures that recall Morrissey with some shades of brit-pop. It all ends up to be a forceful and pleasantly unusual mixture. (Barbara Santi, RUMORE)
STEAD - Lo-Fi/Indie/Folk (London, UK) : “ROUGH” and “ROUGH OUT” Digital Release, REPETITIVE Digital Single and Music
Out now, on digital release, "ROUGH" and "ROUGH OUT", first full-length release from STEAD, lo-fi, folk, indie music project curated and embodied by the sicilian and London-based singer/songwriter Stefano Antoci D'Agostino. A New York born project which grew up in the small clubs of Milan, established itself as a delicate reality of the german underground music scene before settling in London in 2010. “Rough” synthesyzes a long path through the last 4 years of this project's life, all its shades, Its journeys across europe and all the wonderful musicians who got involved, like the John Parish' collaborator Cesare Basile, Giuliano Dottori, Dave Muldoon, Veivecura, Roberta Cartisano and the cellist Francesco Saverio Gliozzi (Sursum Corda) just to mention a few. An infinite journey that “Rough” retraces through the 8 most significant songs written during this period, together with “Rough Out” (extended version, available exclusively on Bandcamp), that will include 8 more tracks, demos and rarities recorded in due process between Milan, Malmo, Celje, Berlin e London. “Rough” and “Rough Out” release was anticipated in 2011 by the single and music video “Instead”, entirly self-produced, filmed and published by Stefano Antoci D'Agostino. “Repetitive”, second single taken from Rough, will precede and celebrate the digital release of the album. Repetitive Music Video was filmed in Bricklane, London in 2011 and is curated by the Apulian film-maker Lino Palena. In the meantime the Stead is working on the successor of “Rough” and a new EP will be released within the end of 2012.
ROUGH OUT (extended edition, digital release exclusively on BANDCAMP. includes some "rough" out-takes and previously unreleased demos taken from "2007 Ep © Stead, 2008" - "?! Ep" © Stead, 2009" - "Swit Music © Swit Music 2009" - "The Sunlover's Tale © Mud Hair Jongleur, 2004")
rough - 01.COLORS 02.ANOTHER ME 03.FLAMING RED HORIZON 04.WHEELER DEALER 05.INSTEAD 06.REPETITIVE 07.29 TIMES (feat. Dave Muldoon) 08.GIUGGIULENA (feat. Giuliano Dottori)
out - 11.DEAL (instr.) 12.SHAPED (2004 with Mud Hair Jongleur) 13.GLASGOW 14.LIKE A BLAST 15.FIVE 16.FROGPRINCE 17.PLANETUNE 18.GONE (instr.)
released 30 May 2012
* Stefano Antoci D'Agostino, Cesare Basile, Luca Recchia, Roberta Cartisano, Marcello Sorge, Francesco Saverio Gliozzi, Silvia Segale, Dave Muldoon, Giuliano Dottori, Stefano Chiodini, Marco e Nicoletta Tiberini, Mud Hair Jongleur. Produced by Stefano Antoci D'Agostino (05, 11, 16, 17), w/ Cesare Basile (01, 02, 03, 04, 06, 07, 13, 14), w/ Mhj*, Nicolò Zaganelli & Gianluca Mancini (12), w/ Marcin Bricki** (15) w/ Giuliano Dottori (08, 18) * Shaped © Mud Hair Jongleur, 2004 ** Five © Swit Music, 2009. Recorded by Stefano Antoci D'Agostino (05, 11, 16, 17), Luca Recchia and Stefano Antoci D'Agostino (01, 02, 03, 04, 06, 07, 13, 14), Giuliano Dottori (08, 18), Gianluca Mancini (12, Shaped © Mud Hair Jongleur, 2004), Marcin Bricki (15) - 2008/2011, Milan, Malmö, Celje, London - Mixed by Stefano Antoci D'Agostino, London, 2011. * 12 mixed by Gianluca Mancini, 2004, Milan ** 15 mixed by Marcin Bricki, 2009, Malmö. Mastered by Massimiliano Lotti, Milan, 2012 (01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07,08, 13, 14), Stefano Antoci D'Agostino (11, 16, 17) * 12 mastered by Nicolò Zaganelli, 2004, Milan ** 15 mastered by Marcin Bricki, 2009, Malmö. Words and Music by Stefano Antoci D'Agostino © Stead
The 2 Digital Singles taken from "ROUGH" are now available on ITUNES, AMAZON, BANDCAMP and all the most popular digital music provider. Every file includes the title track and 2 bonus tracks taken from “Rough Out”
01. INSTEAD (includes previuosly unreleased Glasgow and Planetune)
01. REPETITIVE (includes previuosly Like a Blast and Frogprince)
It was in 2008 that i left a world that i didn't like, to go looking for a world that doesn't exist. I had many things at that time, things that today i regret. But I didn't have what i wanted. I packed some of the things I had, I left some of them behind. Everything changed and a few months later i found myself recording an album, the album today I officially release. Today, after more than three years, I haven't found yet what I was looking for. One by one, day by day, i lost every little thing i had. Every little thing I had built in years got spoiled and only a bunch of rough songs survived to the hardest change i have ever faced in my life. Damaged. Alive. No world that doesn't exist. But i tried and it was at that point that millions of stories started to cross my way. In the end this is what "Rough" meant to be about, actually what "Rough" is about. This is the ideal place where a new little story will settle and grow up. Cause "A man tells his stories so many times that he becomes the stories. They live on after him, and in that way he becomes immortal" (Will Bloom).
and Thanks to : Massive, huge, enormous thanks to Rita, Giovanni e Concetta Ventura, Marco Antoci D'Agostino, Melania Antoci, Silvia Segale and every little piece of my family for always loving me and for the incredible things i learned from all of them. Slightly smaller thanks to all those who, at some point during the last 4 years, played live or recorded these songs and all those who worked, for some reason, on the "Rough" project so far. In alphabetical order : Andreas Laudwein, Broken Toys, Carla Zerbi, Catharina Linden, Cesare Basile, Daniele Antonino, Danilo Torretta, Dave Muldoon, Davide Iacono, Dit Records, Francesco Saverio Gliozzi, Frida Linden, Gianfranco Caruso, Giuliano Dottori, Jonathan Arnlund, Lino Palena, Luca Recchia, Marcello Sorge, Marcin Bricki, Max Lotti, Marco Tiberini, Massimiliano Galli, Mara Palena, Mattia Pittella, Nicoletta Tiberini, Nicolò Zaganelli, PPZK, Raise The Bar Records, Roberta Cartisano, Ronny Seiler, Silvia Segale, Simon Linden, Stefano Chiodini. Then thanks to all my best friends, you know who you are.
Thank you all, dear listeners.
Stefano Antoci D'Agostino