Aedi

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.

Cover Album
Ha Ta Ka Pa
Similar Artist: Me and My Drummer, King of the Opera, Tori Amos
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Tracklist
01. Animale
02. Idea
03. Rabbit on the road
04. Fohn
05. Nero
06. Tomasz
07. Yaca
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. 

Interview with Aedi between rituals and magics

The interview itself is going to be quite long, so I am not going to spend too much time introducing the band, also because the interview is quite complete, and in a bit there will be also the gig report of the live performance at Vizi del Pellicano. A lot of talking, but I a pretty sure it is worth spending some words about Aedi. An Italian band in a continuous evolution, with a spicy and adorable front-woman (who sings the cutest Chinese happy birthday ever) and chatty male fellow travellers, even more chatty when it comes to talk without the recorder on. (picture on FLICKR) Continue reading

Intervista Aedi – Magia, cambiamento e rituali musicali


The interview itself is going to be quite long, so I am not going to spend too much time introducing the band, also because if today it’s the ‘Italian version’ time, in two days you’ll be able to read the English one, and in a bit there will be also the gig report of the live performance at Vizi del Pellicano. A lot of talking, but I a pretty sure it is worth spending some words about Aedi. An Italian band in a continuous evolution, with a spicy and adorable front-woman (who sings the cutest Chinese happy birthday ever) and chatty male fellow travellers, even more chatty when it comes to talk without the recorder on. (picture on FLICKR)
Bando alle ciance quindi, ecco a voi gli Aedi, un gruppo col botto direttamente dalle Marche. Continue reading