Nero Kane | Of Knowledge and Revelation
Of Knowledge and Revelation is the new album of Italian songwriter Nero Kane, due out September 30th, 2022 via Italian experimental label Subsound Records in double LP 45rpm vinyl – special and black edition, CD and digital formats.
Nero Kane’s psych dark folk world is intimate, minimal and decadent. Both in his vocals and guitar style, his European roots intertwine with America’s desert sound in a project full of emotional vision and cinematic flavour. His music has been defined as a suspended and crepuscular journey particularly concerned with death, religion and love. Nero Kane’s debut album, Love In A Dying World, was produced and recorded in Los Angeles by Joe Cardamone (The Icarus Line, Skeleton Joe) and released in 2018 with American Primitive label/art collective. Tales of Faith and Lunacy, his second album, was produced and recorded near Venice by Matt Bordin (Squadra Omega, Italian Occult Psychedelia), and released in 2020 via Berlin-based psych label Nasoni Records and the Italian labels BloodRock and Anacortes. Both albums achieved amazing international reviews.
Of Knowledge and Revelation, Nero Kane’s third studio album, was created with the same team of the previous one: it was recorded near Venice in a fertile collaboration with producer Matt Bordin of Outside Inside Studio, and features visual artist, performer and filmmaker Samantha Stella, whose voice has been defined as “evoking the ghost of Nico”. In the last five years Kane and Stella performed together for Nero Kane’s concerts in clubs, theaters, churches, museums and art galleries in Italy, Europe, UK and Los Angeles. Their live performances have been described as journeys through darkness and melancholy, with the creation of a morbid beauty and an intensity which make them unique.
The album is launched by the video for the lead single Lady of Sorrow shot by Samantha Stella, who directed also the experimental films for Nero Kane’s previous records, where Kane and Stella are the protagonists. A garden of dried flowers welcomes the preacher Kane in a visionary and circular journey where love and death are exchanging their roles as in a Dante’s circle between Heaven and Hell. A reference to the incipit that introduces the album, an excerpt from the writings of the mystic Mechthild Von Magdeburg, from which the title of the record is taken.
Nero Kane describes the album with these words:
“Of Knowledge and Revelation marks a new path in my constant spiritual pilgrimage through darkness, fog and light. A journey made of solitude, of rise and fall, in a world that recalls Dante’s Limbo. I love feeding myself with visions, literature and painting in particular. Inspirations came from old paintings like “Ascent of the Blessed” (1490) by Hieronymus Bosch, engravings like Dante’s “Divina Commedia” (1861) by Gustave Dorè, and writings like “Tears and Saints” (1937) by Emil M. Cioran, “Hymns to the Night” (1800) by Novalis and “The Flowing Light of the Godhead” (1250-1270) by German mystic Mechthild Von Magdeburg, who also appeared in my previous album Tales of Faith and Lunacy.”
"Of Knowledge and Revelation"
[September 30, 2022]
Psych Dark Folk
Recorded, mixed and mastered by Matt Bordin at Outside Inside Studio, Montebelluna, Italy.
Music and lyrics written by Nero Kane, except “The Pale Kingdom”, lyrics by Samantha Stella.
Produced by Matt Bordin.
Music performed by Nero Kane, Samantha Stella, Matt Bordin.
Cover “Flowers in a metal vase” by Abraham Mignon, 1670.
Cover design by Manuele Scalia.
℗ Subsound Records © Narcotica 2022
“Lady of Sorrow”
A dedicated tour in Europe and UK where Nero Kane is accompanied by Samantha Stella on mellotron, organ and vocals, will be launched between October and December 2022 in support of Of Knowledge and Revelation. The first announced dates are:
30 September Milano (IT) Arci Bellezza
1 October Treviso (IT) Villa Albrizzi Marini
2 October Zagreb (CR) Klub Močvara
6 October Gap (FR) Le Gorille
7 October Lyon (FR) Le Farmer
8 October Liestal (CH) A_Way
9 October Kusel (DE) Kinett
15 October Chelmsford (UK) Hot Box
16 October London (UK) Strongroom Bar
28 October Varese (IT) Black Inside
29 October Yverdon-les-Bains (CH) Les Citrons Masques
30 October Mannheim (DE) Blau
31 October Kassel (DE) Sanderhaus – Subterrain
1 November Berlin (DE) Marie Antoniette
3 November Prague (CZ) Bike Jesus
10 November Kortrijk (BE) The Pit’s
11 November Paris (FR) Olympic Cafè
12 November Saarbrüchen (DE) Black Water Festival
24 November Bologna (IT) Tank
25 November Roma (IT) Trenta Formiche
26 November Pisa (IT) Caracol
2 December Palazzolo s/o Brescia (IT) Base
3 December Busto Arstizio (IT) Circolo Gagarin