are delivering another spectacular musical mosaic with their ninth full-length entitled ‘Naiv’, inspired by the “Naïve Art” movement. The project’s sole mastermind, Tamás Kátai has once again assembled pieces out of such diverse genres as ambient, folklore, jazz, metal, electronica, rock, pop, wave, and other styles that each taken for itself seems not to fit easily to the other parts.
Yet, THY CATAFALQUE come out as a sonic entity far more than just its combined parts. What could quickly end up as an academic exercise and meaningless jumble comes in fact across with emotional depth and beautiful soundscapes that render the seams of their components invisible by ingeniously fitting every tessera into a greater musical picture.
Originally, THY CATAFALQUE emerged as a black metal band founded by singer Tamás Kátai with the aid of singer/keyboard player János Juhász. Following their joined debut ‘Sublunary Tragedies’ (1999), the Hungarians evolved into quite different directions, but steadily gaining more followers in the process through the following albums, ‘Microcosmos’ (2001) and the self-released ‘Tűnő idő tárlat’ (2004).
On their fourth full-length, ‘Róka hasa Rádió’ (2009), THY CATAFALQUE invited Ágnes Tóth from neo-folk outfit THE MOON AND THE NIGHTSPIRIT and Attila Bakos to add their haunting vocals. With fifth album ‘Rengeteg’ (2011), Tamás Kátai finally went solo with the help of guest musicians that again included Ágnes Tóth and Attila Bakos. Dubbing his eclectic musical amalgamation avant-garde metal, the Hungarian explored new sonic possibilities with ‘Sgúrr’ (2015). The sixth full-length turned out to be slightly more complex than its successor, ‘Meta’ (2016), which returned to a more direct approach without losing the steadily growing sonic diversity. In 2018, THY CATAFALQUE continued this path with the release of ‘Geometria’.
THY CATAFALQUE do not pretend to produce easy-listening music that comes as easy as it quickly fades out of the mind again. ‘Naiv’ demands to be listened to with full attention, but with every new spin this masterpiece reveals more of its secrets and rewards the listener with a rich treasure of fascinating details.
Style: Avant-garde Metal
Tamás Kátai – Guitar, bass, vocals, keyboards, programs
Martina Veronika Horváth (ex-Niburta, SallyAnne, Nulah): Vocals on track 1,3,7,8
Gyula Vasvári (Perihelion): Vocals on track 9
Zoltán Kónya (Gire): Vocals om track 1
Badó Réti (Gire): Fretless bass on track 2
Vajk Kobza: Oud on track 3,5
Gábor Drótos (Gutted): Cello, viola, violin, classical guitar on track 4
Marilú Theologiti: Cello on track 5
Zoltán Pál (Sear Bliss): Trombone on track 2
Péter Jelasity: Saxophone on track 2
Sándor Szabó: Quena flute on track 6
P. W. Hermann: Voice on track 2
Recorded, mixed & mastered: Edinburgh (UK) and Budahpest (HU) 2019
Cover art: Irene Saíz Guerrero
LP in various colours
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