Elena Steri (GER)
Soft and yet powerful, loud and still full of nuances: as soon as you hear Elena Steri’s music, these seeming contradictions start making a lot of sense. Her soft voice, surrounded by unusually wide and still playful harmonies, radiates a melancholy warmth reminiscent of artists such as Ex:Re, Feist and Hanne Hukkelberg. Elena’s complex Art-Pop arrangements range from sliding synthesizers to rhythmically arranged field recordings and wafting guitar riffs and with their diversity draw audiences into their world. Elena Steri’s song-writing does not aim to fall into any category, but to break free from categories.