It was almost one year ago since I saw the Italian band Aedi live for the first time. Quite a scary coincidence, as the date of my post is dated back 9th February 2012. Anyway, I had the chance to sit at their table, and have a proper talk with the band, which soon became a really unconventional and rib-tickling chat. After a couple of pints, they jumped on stage, delivering one of the most captivating live shows I have ever seen. One year ago Aedi introduced the upcoming (at the time) unnamed album, Ha Ta Ka Pa (out on the 11th Feb.), to a quite baffled audience. Those familiar with the dreamy ethereal atmospheres of the début Aedi Meet Heidi can forget that when they pop this new CD into the stereo.
The liveliness of the release is perceived from the very first song, as vocalist Celeste anticipated one year ago: “Now the situation is different, we have thicker skin, there was an evolution that made our sound more choral and visceral, instinctive.” Among the general intricacy of tunes, the distorted fuzz and the spirited drum-beat create a very distinctive first impression (Animale), reiterated right afterwards by the song Idea (= Aedi), in which tribal percussions blend in with electric riffing and an unexpected piano interlude. Celeste’s vocals are more spirited than ever, going from tribal-esque to subtly occult, for instance on Rabbit on the Road, one of my all time favourites – if it sounds quite weird, just imagine seeing it played onstage. One of the most memorable experiences ever. The sound is more experimental, almost psychedelic, playing with cabaret a là Dresden Dolls (Fohn) and ethereal Nordic pop influences, which happily shifts into the shamanic atmosphere a là Tori amos (Yaca, Tomasz). The choral is another aspect to be highlighted in the album, alongside with subtle heavier pattern, especially in the percussions: “…a new drummer joined the team. His sound is harder, and this changed our music as well. After that we could not make childish music anymore; we were p*ssed off, so the album itself is p*ssed off. So, somehow, this album speaks with five different voices.”
As the album proceeds, we perceive the sound stripping, culminating in the climax of the astonishing The Sound of Death, Celeste’s vocals are heartbreaking at the final choral closer. Despite the intricacy of Ha Ta Ka Pa, I did try to do my best to quickly lead you through this mystical path, made of a rare musical prism. Now, just follow my example and order your copy via Gustaff Records (if I got through the Polish-written website, I am sure you can), wait for it to arrive at your door, and enjoy. You are welcome.
Ha Ta Ka Pa
Similar Artist: Me and My Drummer, King of the Opera, Tori Amos
03. Rabbit on the road
08. Prayer of the wind
09. The sound of death
Beware, the view of the following video is advised against people who are taking themselves too seriously.