FRESH: ‘Made By Desire’ – ÄTNA

ÄTNA “Won’t Stop”!

One of Germany’s most exciting newcomers, ÄTNA have launched their long-awaited debut album “Made By Desire”, with the release of a video for the record’s spectacular opening track, “Won’t Stop”. Filmed in Italy, close to the Croatian border, the video encapsulates the sense of alienation and dystopian unease which lies at the music’s heart, as well as the dramatic, celebratory feeling of emancipation embedded in the song’s lyrics. Featuring Inéz Schaefer and Demian Kappenstein, it continues the Berlin duo’s tradition of creating striking videos to accompany their music. “This one is our danciest!” they say of the song “’Won’t Stop’ comes around like a daft funk hymn forcing us to seize the day and unite all humans!”

“Made By Desire”, ÄTNA’s debut, will be swiftly followed by a lengthy tour, and follows performances in recent months at high profile festivals both at home and abroad, as well as tours of Russia, the Czech Republic, Slovenia and Estonia. They’ve also performed in cities as diverse as Istanbul and London, and that’s not to mention slots at the Montreux Jazz Festival last year and Eurosonic earlier this year. Like Fever Ray meeting Grimes in London’s grandiose Royal Opera House, ÄTNA focus their shows around piano, with analogue effects mixed in directly, loops, effects and delays played live, and nothing automated at all. Moreover, rather than using Autotune to straighten out singer Inéz’ pitch, any vocal treatments only add depth to her striking voice.

Employing elements of dramatically different movements and genres, Inéz and Demian – a creative partnership of equals – create an avant-garde ‘work of art’ in the very best sense of the phrase, integrating fashion and design into their music. Don’t stop? Won’t Stop! No matter how hard people might argue about it these days, in the end unity seems to be the only solution. Everything’s connected – individual and society, music and aesthetics, composition and deconstruction. It’s impossible to ignore the bigger picture and ÄTNA are a band that include this understanding deep into their artistic DNA. Apparently opposing forces are united as the duo explore the boundaries between accessibility and abstraction. It turns out that strong emotional notion and a certain sense for eclecticism can work together pretty well.

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!
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