Genre: Neoclassical Folk, Gothic Ambient
Label: The Circle Music
Release: September 2022
One of the most prolific presences amidst the European scene, Italy’s Ataraxia, have retured to active discography with the release of their 28th studio album entitled “Pomegranate (The Chant of the Elementals)” and reached our personal collection through Circle Music last September. By staying true to their character and temperament, Ataraxia offer us a record that essentially acts as the medium for a mystical journey through time. Combining modern with archaic instruments, Ataraxia weaves a unique web, utilizing elements from the Mediterranean and Celtic traditions, passing through Greek-Latin crossroads. Their compositions, at an initial level, combine contemporary with neoclassical structures, mixing dark ambient rhythms with traditional sounds. On a second level, however, the mystical nature of the compositions, the cosmogonic vibrations and the ethereal melodies, form an effect that cuts you off from our own world and lets you “float” in a universe where time is relative and fluid. At the same time, their musical creation gives you the feeling that this album was written with “automatic writing”, completely spontaneous, unselfconcious and hearty, something that suits the Italians like a glove and goes hand in hand with their many years of experience. Before I conclude, I would like to say that Ataraxia, unexpectedly – considering the wider genre they serve – radiate a light of optimism, latitude and lightness, which, while they make you feel like a speck of dust in the universe, at the same time make you appreciate and admire the nature in which we were born and learned to coexist.
You can have a taste of Ataraxia’s minds and mentality by watching the following video:
The album was recorded, mixed and mastered by Vittorio Vanelli between November 2021 and May 2022. The lyrics were written and edited by Francesca Nicoli.
You can listen to “Pomegranate’s” in its entirety here: