Ataraxia – Centaurea – Jewel Case CD
Ataraxia – Centaurea
Release Date: 22.05.2024
Style: Modern Classical, Neofolk, Ethereal, Dark Ambient
- 16 pages booklet
- 2 Bonus Tracks
Jewel Case CD
Cat Nr: TCM034CD
Part I Aqua Mater
The Source (Bonus Track)
Part II Ignis Pater
Ignis Pater (Bonus Track)
Of Snow and Sapphires
classical, acoustic and electric guitars; programming; timpani; back vocals
keyboards; programming; back vocals
cello in Galen, Nox Incubat, Viriditas
uilleann pipes in track 1 of the CD “The Source”
All music by ATARAXIA
lyrics by Francesca Nicoli and Mara Paltrinieri
Recorded, mixed, mastered by Vittorio Vandelli between September 2023 and January 2024
ATARAXIA – CENTAUREA (2024)
“Only by dreaming you can enter
only by sleeping you can leave,
mystical journey or sacred dream
on a pale sailing ship.
On a Greek island of impressive neoclassical beauty, I lived and wrote the concept of the new ATARAXIA’s album “CENTAUREA”.
CENTAUREA is an island beyond the columns of time, still immersed in a golden age, it is a new Mediterranean Avalon whose name is a hundred times brighter than gold and that can only be accessed by dreaming and from which one leaves just sleeping.
Crossing the dimensional waters that lead to this magical circle, always immersed in the gold of the light of twilight and the flaming magenta of the dawn, we reach a dimension in which the principles of the Sacred Feminine and Masculine are embodied by heroes and maidens, priestesses and bards. The qualities of Courage, Audacity, Hospitality, Trust, Grace, intense spiritual values and the earthly representation of Beauty become flesh and accompany us while listening to the songs.
We participate in nocturnal rituals, dances at dawn, races across prairies and woads, flights overlooking the sea, celebrations of the primeval Sun, we meet wolves and Goddesses, we speak lunar alphabets, we cross woods of wild loves, enchanted bays where sweet scents are released, we sail wild blues and listen to the myths of the Oak. The beings who animate these places live destinies on a strand of splendor.
This album, our twenty-nineth, is part of a trilogy which began with “Pomegranate”, a hymn to the elemental spirits, and which will end with a work inspired by the Elysian Fields passing through the Golden Age brought to light by “CENTAUREA“.
The lyrics of the songs, sung in several ancient and modern languages, are precious poems by Francesca Nicoli and Mara Paltrinieri who had already collaborated on the lyrics of the band’s first albums.
The splendid lay-outs (each album format has its own imaginative history, therefore the vinyl artbook contained in the limited box and the CD graphics are different from each other, unique and original) are released by Nicolas Ramain.
The intro of the CD will see the uillean pipes played by Gregorio Bellodi for the very first time and, once again, in three songs we will find Totem Bara on the cello.
Insetti Xilografi designed the Sacred Oak represented on the box and on the hoodie and Mary Vareli created the hieratic priestess present on the T-shirt.
The album will be preceded by three singles with three related videos portraying places and rituals of CENTAUREA.
The entire work is a kaleidoscope of varied beauty in which the arts blend and accompany us
Francesca Nicoli (ATARAXIA)