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With just two EPs to their name, ÄTNA’s opulent songs, delivered by singer Inéz’ distinctively modulated voice, have already scored 8 million streams on Spotify, and today they share news of their latest single, ‘Come To Me’, as well as announcing their first full-length, Made By Desire. The single is available now, accompanied by a spectacular video, while their debut album was released on 14 February, 2020.
‘Come To Me’ depicts a confident woman’s attempts to persuade her partner to at last make an effort before disappearing once and for all. Featuring an astonishing vocal performance and a brutally propulsive rhythm, it accelerates around hairpin curves before a sudden surge towards its noisy finale, and – typically for ÄTNA – finds them playing with gender roles, deliberately blurring and breaking down boundaries.
Among Germany's most exciting newcomers, ÄTNA – who sound not unlike Fever Ray pairing up with Grimes in London's grandiose Royal Opera House – have already played high profile festivals at home and abroad, as well as touring Russia, the Czech Republic, Slovenia and Estonia. In addition, they've performed in cities as diverse as Istanbul and London, and landed a slot at the Montreux Jazz Festival - which, for a German band, is really quite something. Their innovative live shows are focussed around piano – with analogue effects mixed in directly, loops, effects and delays played live, and nothing automated whatsoever – and while some might use Autotune to straighten a singer’s pitch, any vocal treatments here only add depth to Inéz' striking vocals.
Employing elements of dramatically different movements and genres, Inéz and Demian - a
creative partnership of equals – create an avant-garde ‘work of art’ in the very best sense of the phrase, integrating fashion and design into their music, with monochrome stage costumes and stunning videos featuring vast rooms full of white dice, functional colours and shapes, and a logo which looks as if it was designed by Wassily Kandinsky. And it’s not only this logo which echoes the Bauhaus philosophy: ÄTNA have already played the The Art and Exhibition Hall of the Federal Republic of Germany – in short, the
Bundeskunsthalle – one of Germany’s most prestigious and popular museums and at Venice’s ornate Palazzo Grassi. Currently they are planning their first virtual reality show, while their visual image maintains their genre- and gender-defying habits.
Retro and futuristically avant-garde at once, ÄTNA are indeed a work of art, yet simultaneously unquestionably accessible. They call it simply "making their own world", but where do they actually belong? The Montreux Jazz Festival? Coachella? As it happens, ÄTNA belong in both. And they’ve already played Montreux…
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