ETNAH - S/T [LP]
S/T by ETNAH releases October 20th, 2023 via Cycles Records.
Available on “Serenity Edition“ (White, limited to 50 copies worldwide), “Obsidian Edition“ (Transparent Violet, limited to 50 copies worldwide), “Scoria Edition“ (Milky Clear Base with Violet Blob, limited to 50 copies worldwide), “Lahar Edition“ (Violet & White Fade, limited to 50 copies worldwide), and “Tephra Edition” (Special Multicolor Splatter, limited to 100 copies worldwide).
Vinyl packaged in 300g reverse cardboard cover jacket with 250g reverse cardboard printed inner sleeve and 300g DL card.
Etnah, a collaborative solo project, delves into the creation of music that evokes a hauntingly ethereal and atmospheric ambiance, while also embracing lush cinematic elements. Drawing inspiration from post-rock, ambient, and experimental genres, the project cultivates a diverse and dynamic sound. Its name pays homage to the forceful energy of a volcano and its ancestral origins, serving as a testament to the project's powerful sonic dynamics and artistic vision.
Driving with a compelling fusion of precision and passion, the debut five-track EP from Germany based creative project Etnah delivers the blissful embrace of finely-crafted and captivating sonic experiences.
Etnah is at its core a solo project, but it embraces a profoundly collaborative approach. Within the multi-layered collection, each piece showcases a unique ensemble of international musicians alongside the founding artist, including a cellist, a violinist, two trumpet players, a singer, and more. This collaborative layout contributes to the distinctive character and artistic depth found in each arrangement.
The EP was produced and mixed by Nikita Kamprad (Der Weg einer Freiheit), who also contributed intriguing synth-play. Birgir Jón Birgisson known for his work with Bjork, Sigur Rós, Alcest and other esteemed artists mastered the EP in Iceland at the Sundlaugin Studio. To complement the music visually, the talented Hummelgrafik captured striking cover photos and crafted an engaging layout, enhancing the multidimensional experience.
Blending qualities of post-rock design with thoughtful presentation, the deeply-moving 5-track EP from Etnah depicts a composer and surrounding ensemble of musicians unrivaled in their devotion to the cause.
- Embarking on the journey, 'Within Cycles' sets the stage with its audaciously cinematic arrangement, uniting organic string orchestrations, resonant bass notes, and a mesmerizing descending melody. As additional layers of horns and rhythm cascade in a symphony of sound, the composition becomes increasingly enchanting, combining both the stillness of serenity with the ferocity and power of chaos and evolution.
- 'Shells' gracefully follows the opening track, offering an intriguing look at delicacy and subtly growing intensity. Once again, the music strikes a remarkable balance between atmospheric vastness and melodic simplicity, creating a realm of imaginative freedom while keeping accessible threads of familiarity intact.
- 'Ashes' explores a realm of tenderness, as a gentle piano loop intertwines with improvised cello melodies, evoking a harmonious dance of melancholic beauty. The emotional progression and subtle anticipation steadily intensify, ensnaring the listener in its grip.
- In 'Roll On', distorted riff-work sets the stage for a fiercely dramatic and distinctive post-rock sound that builds towards a captivating climax. As the track unfolds, it embraces elements of trip-hop, weaving together vocals filled with longing and poetic contemplation. The music creates an immersive experience, transporting listeners to a world where emotions are heightened and possibilities abound.
- Concluding with an anthemic flourish, the captivating finale of 'Waridi' embraces a simple repeat and rising energy that propels the listener forward. This unmistakable instrumental piece strikes a delicate balance between familiarity and originality, pouring forth with a core that combines sensitivity and a spirit of celebration.
For fans of: Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Sigur Rós, Portishead, Boards of Canada, This Will Destroy You
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