Santa Chiara's 'Imported' inspirations - WXPN | Vinyl At Heart

From Turin, Italy, to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A., Chiara D’Anzieri is stepping into the the spotlight. Imported, the singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist’s debut album under the name Santa Chiara, is out today on Kill Rock Stars. She’s a familiar face to those who have seen Philly rocker Ron Gallo on tour the past few years — D’Anzieri is the high-spirited bassist and vocalist who’s amplified his live band since the early 2020s, in addition to being his spouse — and she previously performed solo in as Chickpee.

You can hear some of that full-throttle garage rock from her time in those projects on Imported, like the cathartic “Visa,” a punk smackdown on the barriers America puts up for those hoping to navigate the immigration system. But the album casts a wide stylistic net, from the dreamy psychedelic balladry of “Dear Friend” and “Peach Tree” to the soundtracky retro pop of “Worth It Or Not” and “Two Trees.”

To celebrate album release day, we swapped emails with Chiara to get a rundown of twelve songs that inspired her during the making of Imported. They run the gamut from Italian / Welsh composer and songwriter Alan Sorrenti to shape-shifting Americans St. Vincent and Father John Misty. Listen to them in a playlist and read Chiara’s thoughts down below; Imported is out now, and can be purchased via Kill Rock Stars. Santa Chiara opens for Ron Gallo at the First Unitarian Church on Friday, November 18th; tickets and information can be found at the WXPN Concerts and Events page.

“Figli delle stelle” by Allan Sorrenti

While I was recording “25” I realized that I could sing over it “figli delle stelle” by Alan Sorrenti. Iconic Italian song, everyone knows it. It’s hopeful, it’s bubbly, it’s a party, and it felt right so I let some of that inspire me in the new version of “25” and I sing a little line at the end to celebrate the song.

“Pedestrian at Best” by Courtney Barnett

This song is so good, it’s pure power to me, I love how the noisy guitar sounds and how she communicate with her words. it’s just so great as inspiration to make powerful music.

“Back, Baby” by Jessica Pratt

I was listening a lot to this record – I still do so much – while I was home alone in Italy waiting for my visa to be approved in order to be reunited with Ron; the atmosphere that this song brings up to me definitely influenced the final result.

“Torn” by Natalie Imbruglia

I just love this song since I was a kid, it is a great 90s inspiration for sound but mostly what inspired me the most was the spirit of this song and the whole 90s vibe around it.

“Daddy’s Home” by St. Vincent

I am NOT a sexy singer and sometimes you have to do it, I love the confidence and the delivery in this song and I needed to have a modern guide for it, I choose this one out of a lot of songs because it felt also a bit ironic which is an important element for me. Vocals in this song are fantastic, just brilliant.

“Wakin’ on a Pretty Day” by Kurt Vile

I don’t even have to use words, one of my favorite artist, this song is always in somehow ready to help me.

“Somebody Else” by The 1975

Every woman has their own boyband, isn’t it funny? I have them, I have zero shame in saying that I’ve been listening to this group of Brit dudes for quite a long time (won’t say cause it makes me look old). There’s something about the melodies in the vocals, how they goes up and down. It really helped me come up with my own, plus I add a very small melodic tribute that I think only me and other 2 humans will understand 😉

“What a Pleasure” by Beach Fossils

Loving this band for a long time as well, I am so prone to making this kind of music if I don’t challenge myself to do a bit of everything I would have probably make a record that sounds like this in no time and listening to eat during gray day but I allowed myself to do one song like this and I let their bass+guitar sounds combination inspired me to create my own wably new-wavy song

“Fade Into You” by Mazzy Star

Fantastic song, fantastic band, fantastic reference and compliment I received when someone said one of my song sounded like this one and the song wasn’t recorded yet – so I let the thought of it guide me through and o think where my song and this song intertwine themself is in the tambourine, so tasteful I think.

“Foggy Notion” by The Velvet Underground

That’s what was missing into my creation process, a bit of Lou. Just what I needed to complete the most raw of the songs I had. I love Velvet Underground so much, there’s not much to add about a band like this. Thank god they made music

“Nancy From Now On” by Father John Misty

This whole record is a treasure to me but I choose this song of it because I just love it and when I was recording two trees the atmosphere was just right there. Such a vibe for me such a balm for my soul (plus my mom likes it too, it’s a big plus, innit?)

“Gravity” by John Mayer

Ok so, while on tour my guitar player used to play “gravity” solo over one of my song just for fun (kinda liked it). Not this one, but when I got the solo part of this one I thought I needed John to help me. My main tribute and inspiration at the same time was the second section of the solo. To also prove a feminist point which is – even women can shred – I did come up with my own and put at the very end a note for note small part of his, this is how much I love this song and this record as well. What a masterpiece, find me a person doesn’t like it.

Santa Chiara - 25 (Official Music Video)
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