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.