Friday, September 25, 2020
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Artist: Athana (@)
Title: Paviljon
Format: CD & 12"
Label: West Audio Productions
Rated: *****
Alf Terje Hana is back with the ninth release of his project Athana. "Paviljon" is the title of the newest album which is available as a 2LP+CD edition and sees Alf collaborating with Stewart Copeland (they shared the stage for the Stavanger Symfoniorkester 8th as the Athana Symthponic Experience), Astrid Loster, Chistian Hovda, Tor Yttredal, Simen Kiil Halvorsen, Edgar Hansen, Werner Cee, Bergmund Waal Skaslien and Ove Haehre. Each time that I approach to a new Athana release, talking about music, I don't really know what I have to expect, as experimentation, jazz and industrial influences are frequent elements of their music. The main characteristic of this album is that we have eight tracks, half of them focused on ambient/experimetal sounds and the other half, focused on guitar virtuosism/sound manipulation. As I wrote different times, Alf Terje Hana's style recalls to me Fripp and I don't mean it as a bad thing. I feel that while he plays his guitar he feels it like his extention... He plays with it by caressing it, holding it tight while he hit its strings. Check "GG Blender" or "Last Call" (this is the one where Copeland plays), they are bleeding energy at every second as the musicians change intensity and change suddenly the melodic theme. I can't say that at the end I can remember what I listened, but I know I liked and I would do it again. On the ambient/experimental side we have "Pipes Of John", where manipulated guitar distortions are added to a texture made of organ sounds or "Prophet's Mill", a track that starts with guitar strings picking and then slowly turns into a mayhem of thousands of raging guitars just to find some quiet after a while. It's more like an experience than a record and both of them are enjoyable.


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