The Italian neoclassical and darkwave veterans Ataraxia will release their 29th studio album “Centaurea” on 22 May 2024 via The Circle Music. The album will contain eight original compositions and two previously unreleased bonus tracks (CD version only). You can place your pre-orders already right here from The Circle Music.
A music video to the first of the bonus tracks “The Source”, which will comprise part of the CD version, is available to watch now. “The Source” introduces uilleann pipes (played by Gregorio Bellodi) to Ataraxia’s music for the very first time.
Ataraxia explains the meaning behind the lyrics and the music video: ““The Source” is the origin from which everything flows, the focal point of the island of Centaurea, the energetic centre of that dimension. That place can only be accessed through a dimensional portal protected by three guardians of the threshold, three Priestesses who sway among the ice and snow-covered plants, looking into your eyes to understand if you are ready. “Viator – inquam – dignabere?” “Traveler – I say – are you worthy?”. Beyond the ice and snow, opens up the space of the sea in which everything turns purple and gold, dawn and dusk and the Mediterranean climate welcomes us, taking us on a white boat, in silence, to the sacred shores. As we access the dimensional spiral of the portal, the three Goddesses look at us with ineffable faces.”
About the “Centaurea” album
“Centaurea” is the 29th album from Ataraxia and is part of a trilogy which began with the previous album “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 are sung in several ancient and modern languages and are poems by Francesca Nicoli and Mara Paltrinieri who had already collaborated on the lyrics of the band’s first albums.
Totem Bara will also once again contribute to Ataraxia’s sound with his cello on three songs.
Each album format will have a different layout done by Nicolas Ramain. They each have their own imaginative history, therefore, the vinyl artbook contained in the limited box and the CD graphics are unique, original and not the same. 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 luxurious box embossed in gold is limited to 200 copies, the gold vinyl is limited to 500 copies, and the A5 digipak CD is limited to 1.000 copies.
The album will be preceded by three singles with three related videos portraying places and rituals of “Centaurea”.
Francesca Nicoli of Ataraxia explained the background behind the album: “On a Greek island of impressive neoclassical beauty, I lived and wrote the concept of the new Ataraxia 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 splendour.”
Ataraxia is an Italian neoclassical dark wave band founded in 1985. Fronted by vocalist Francesca Nicoli, it combines modern technology with archaic instrumentation. Its lyrical themes are frequently drawn from nature and ancient cultures.
The band was founded by Francesca Nicoli and Michele Urbano in November 1985. In the first five years there were many musicians in the band, until finally Francesca Nicoli, Vittorio Vandelli, and Giovanni Pagliari became the basic line-up until today.
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