Avant-Garde entity THY CATAFALQUE is now streaming its tenth full-length, ‘Vadak,’ in full ahead of Friday’s release! The album can be heard in is entirety at THIS LOCATION.
In addition, mastermind Tamás Kátai will be hosting a very unique and special radio show via Gimme Metal on Thursday, June 24 @ 11:00 A.M. EDT! Not only will Kátai be in the live chat to hang out with fans, but there will also be opportunities to win some THY CATAFALQUE CDs and vinyl! You can sign up for free and tune in HERE.
‘Vadak’ is out on June 25! Pre-orders are now live HERE.
The artwork for ‘Vadak’ has been created by Tamás Kátai himself.
Avant-Garde entity THY CATAFALQUE will be releasing its tenth masterpiece, ‘Vadak,’ on June 25! The Hungarian mastermind is now unveiling the latest mind-bending single, “Köszöntsd A Hajnalt,” which can be heard at THIS LOCATION. The track is available for pre-saving across all digital streaming platforms HERE.
Hungarian mastermind Tamás Kátai comments: “‘Köszöntsd a hajnalt’ means ‘Greet the Dawn’ and it features Martina Horváth on vocals and although the song has some folky vibes, we used redpipes here which is a sort of electronic pipes, delivered by Andrei Oltean.”
Avant-Garde entity THY CATAFALQUE will be releasing its tenth masterpiece, ‘Vadak,’ on June 25! The Hungarian mastermind is now unveiling the second new single, “Szarvas,” which can be heard at THIS LOCATION. The track is also available for pre-saving on all other digital platforms HERE.
Mastermind Tamás Kátai comments on the new album and track: “This is our second song from the album and it’s much darker in tone. Clean vocals are by Gábor Dudás from our fellow Hungarians, Reason and well, you can hear Martina as well somewhere in the background. She’ll be here in her full prime for the next song, I promise.“
Avant-Garde entity THY CATAFALQUE will be releasing its tenth masterpiece, ‘Vadak,’ on June 25! The album art and track list can be found below. In conjunction with the forthcoming release, THY CATAFALQUE is now sharing its mind-bending first single, “Piros-sárga!” Listen at THIS LOCATION.
“Piros-sárga” can be pre-saved on all digital platforms HERE.
Mastermind/multi-instrumentalist Tamás Kátai comments on the new album and track: “‘Vadak’ is the tenth album of Thy Catafalque. The state of the world affects all of us, in my case I think it means more escapism. We, like all living creatures are like forest animals chased by death through time and many of these songs are about fleeing, hiding and running either to the past or to the unknown. The record is very colourful, with more guest musicians than ever but also pretty dark and heavy other times. The first song however is a light, nostalgic one about old summers, lost gardens and the colours of the sun, with Armenian duduk, tabla, dumbek, riq and brass.“
THY CATAFALQUE’s humble genius Tamás Kátai abandons any and all prenotions of tradition. Intertwining elements from a vast swath of unrelated genres, from jazz to pop to folk, and everything in between, THY CATAFALQUE masterfully crafts an eclectic sound that breaks down any generic barriers or borders. Following the massive success of 2020’s critically-acclaimed ‘Naiv,’ the entity returns with ‘Vadak,’ another esoteric monument in its already storied catalog.
Meaning “Wildlings” in Hungarian, the album title is a deliberate clue to the exotic and feral essence of ‘Vadak.’ Like seedlings scattered throughout the forest by the mere forces of nature, THY CATAFALQUE’s imaginative sound grows with an organic sense of whimsy, cultivated within the vast influences of our megacosm. Thematically, ‘Vadak’ is a foreboding lesson in mortality. Emphasizing the fragility that is shared by man and beast alike, the record explores our Freudian life instincts, in which we inherently fear and run from the ultimate goal of existence: death.
Originally, THY CATAFALQUE emerged as a black metal band founded by singer/keyboard player Tamás Kátai with the aid of guitarist/bassist 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 an Attila Bakos. Dubbing his eclectic musical amalgamation avant-garde metal, the Hungarian explored new sonic possibilities with ‘Sgùrr’ (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 delivered another spectacular musical mosaic with their ninth full-length entitled ‘Naiv’, inspired by the “Naïve Art” movement.
At its core, ‘Vadak’ expresses the familiar hallmarks that are unique to only THY CATAFALQUE, and yet, it is an unpredictable magnum opus, showcasing the latest evolution from Kátai and his esteemed co-conspirators. The album puts forth an elegance that cannot be matched or rivaled by any musical contemporary, taking fans on an adventure that is rife with excitement, drama, and unbridled craftsmanship.
Line-up Tamás Kátai – guitars, bass, synths, programs and vocals
Guest musicians Martina Veronika Horváth | vocals on track 1, 2, 9 and 10 Breno Machado | lead guitar on track 1, 2, 5 and 9 Gábor Dudás | vocals on track 1 Andrei Oltean “Solomonar” | redpipes on track 2 Gábor Veres | vocals on track 5 Julia Pfiffner | female voice on track 6 Patricio Böttcher | saxophone on track 6 Carolina Díez | acoustic guitar on track 7 Artem Koryapin | alto and tenor saxophone, trombone and trumpet on track 7 András Vörös | vocals on track 8 Dadan Bogdanović | saxophone, trombone and trumpet on track 8 Sean Pádraig | Armenian duduk on track 8 Loay Makhoul | tabla, dumbek and riq on track 8 Péter Jelasity | saxophone on track 9 Chris Lyons | violin on track 9 Artem Litovchenko | cello on track 10
Recorded in: Budapest, Hungary | Edinburgh, Scotland | Újvidék / Novi Sad, Serbia | Kolozsvár / Cluj-Napoca, Romania | Kharkov, Ukraine | Tuapse, Russia | Alicante, Spain | Quarten, Switzerland | Haifa, Israel | Austin, Texas, U.S.A. | São Paulo, Brazil and Buenos Aires, Argentina in 2020 / 2021.
Mixed by: Tamás Kátai in Budapest, Hungary, January 2021. Mastered by: Colin Davis at Imperial Mastering, Texas, U.S.A., February 2021. All music and lyrics written by Tamás Kátai except track 6 music by János Juhász and Tamás Kátai. Sound samples on track 5 and track 8 taken from Orosz nyelv általános iskola 5. osztály by Lajos Szilvási, 1987. Speech on track 4 made using iSpeech.org.
Hungarian avant garde collective THY CATAFALQUE are now unveiling a brand new music video for the track Napút,” which is taken from their latest album ‘Naiv.’ The video can be seen at THIS LOCATION.
Mastermind Tamás Kátai comments on the stream: “This is a video we shot in my home town, Makó. Many of these locations are the places I grew up in and although nothing fancy is going on, it was nice to get back to where the songs came from. With this one, we close the lid on ‘Naiv’ and focus on the next album.“
THY CATAFALQUE are unveiling their entire forthcoming masterpiece, ‘Naiv’. The album is scheduled for release tomorrow, January 24th, 2020.
The Hungarian multi-instrumentalist is streaming the album in full via the official Season of Mist YouTube channel at the link below, which may be freely spread.
Stream the album below.
Mastermind Tamás Kátai comments on the stream: “Our ninth album is being released today. I am supposed to give a statement but all is in the music. I believe I express myself better with sounds than with words so here we are, have a listen.”
1. A bolyongás ideje (4:55)
2. Tsitsushka (5:39)
3. Embersólyom (4:17)
4. Számtalan színek (2:34)
5. A valóság kazamatái (5:30)
6. Kék madár (Négy kép) (6:27)
7. Napút (3:48)
8. Vető (8:17)
9. Szélvész (5:36) Total playing time: 47:03
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
The artwork of ‘Naiv’ was created by Irene Saíz Guerrero.
THY CATAFALQUE 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.