THY CATAFALQUE are premiering the third amazing song taken from their forthcoming new masterpiece, ‘Geometria’. The album is scheduled for release on May 4th, 2018 via Season of Mist.
The Hungarian multi-instrumentalist is streaming “Töltés” below:
Mastermind Tamás Kátai states: “Töltés is a song about home. Getting back to where we’re coming from, where we will always belong, where our roots are. Whenever I re-visit my old little town in the south of Hungary, I feel safe and in a state of natural peace – I know I’m home. Martina Veronika Horváth, courtesy of Nulah, and ex-vocalist of Niburta, contributed her beautiful voice. Futhermore, Töltés is musically based on the same melody as the end of ‘Szamojéd Freskó’. On the album, they follow each other without pause. This track is a different take on the same motif, another path to explore.”
The artwork of ‘Geometria’, which has been created by Tamás Kátai himself, can be viewed below.
1. Hajnali csillag (8:14)
2. Szamojéd freskó (4:02)
3. Töltés (4:26)
4. Gőte (3:11)
5. Sárember (6:42)
6. Hajó (2:36)
7. Lágyrész (4:54)
8. Sík (3:47)
9. Balra a nap (5:04)
10. Tenger, tenger (4:53)
11. Ének a búzamezőkről (8:12)
Total playing time: 56:01
THY CATAFALQUE do not pretend to produce easy-listening music that comes as easy as it quickly fades out of the mind again. ‘Geometria’ 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.
On their fourth full-length, ‘Róka hasa radio’ (2009), THY CATAFALQUE invited Ágnes Tóth from neo-folk outfit THE MOON AND THE NIGHTSPIRIT to add her haunting female vocals. With fifth album ‘Rengeteg’ (2011), Tamás Kátai finally went solo with the help of hired guest musicians that again included Ágnes Tóth. 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.
Originally, THY CATAFALQUE emerged as a black metal band founded by singer Tamás Kátai with the aid of guitarist 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).
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.
THY CATAFALQUE are delivering another spectacular musical mosaic with their eighth full-length, entitled ‘Geometria’. The project’s sole mastermind, Tamás Kátai has one 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.
Tamás Kátai: vocals, guitar, bass, keyboards, percussion, and programming
Martina Veronika Horváth (NULAH, NIBURTA): vocals on track 1, 3, 9, 10, 11
Gyula Vasvári (PERIHELION): vocals in track 5, 6
Misha Doumnov: violin on track 1, 3, 5, 10
Balázs Hermann (GIRE): fretless bass on track 4
David Jean-Baptiste: saxophone on track 4
Colin Hume: trumpet on track 4
Viktória Varga: narration on track 1
Words & music: Tamás Kátai
Recorded, mixed & mastered: Edinburgh (UK) and Makó, Debrecen (HU) 2017
Cover art: Tamás Kátai
Album photography: Tamás Kátai
Ltd. Digipak CD
Ltd. Gatefold Double-LP in various colours