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Slow Wave Sleep is a project founded in 2015 by Emilio Larocca Conte to transform into music the dreams of Rèfles, a fictional character. The debut album L’Ultimo Uomo has been produced in a single room in Berlin and published on 23 January 2018, an album in which the background of Emilio is fused into an eclectic style of music with lyrics in Italian. Few months later the second album Chroma is released together with the music video of Elogio della Follia, a song presented at Sanremo Giovani Festival 2019, produced thanks to a crowdfunding campaign. In the meantime, Emilio formed a band to bring Slow Wave Sleep live on stage, starting getting noticed in clubs, festivals and competitions throughout Italy.

SWS aims to tell stories through a “liquid” style of music because sounds, like water, adapt the idea to any container to nourish the soul and show our best part. Although each release is a concept album, the songs have often no explicit reference to the whole concept in order to make them understandable even as singles. SWS can go also beyond music and so far have been produced short films (Sgamos vs Fates), books (Spettro), videogames (Vena) and contaminations (Project Vena and Hypnagogic Vol.1), with the help of collaborators interested in the project.

Emilio, born on July 14, 1988 in the South-Italian region of Basilicata, is also a member of RELIC (death metal, ITA) and has collaborated with Jureduré (pop/folk, ITA), OndAnomala (mediterranean rock, ITA), Spookshow Inc. (industrial rock, LIT), Leon Buche (pop, GER) and numerous other artists as a guitarist. Furthermore, he worked as a production assistant for the composers Jacopo Baboni-SchilingiMichele TadiniMarco BiscariniAntonio RimedioDaniele Furlati. As a composer, he writes soundtracks for films, short films, videogames as well as ambient music. He founded the production company Nilasphere and manages the art catalogue of his grandfather (

Baby Emilio

Live Band:
Emilio Larocca Conte – vocals and guitars
Stella Canonico – bass and backing vocals
Gabriele Larocca Conte – drums, percussions and samples
Gilberto Ongaro – keyboards, synths and backing vocals
Andrea Cascini – guitars and synths
Filippo Cresci – guitars

SWS’s Manifesto

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