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Shadowplay Release: ATARAXIA 'Sous le Blanc Rosier' ARTIST: ATARAXIA
TITLE: SOUS LE BLANC ROSIER
CATALOGUE#: SPR 040
FORMAT: 2xCD, jewel case + cartoon overcase
RELEASE DATE: 02.2007
STATUS: available
OFFICIAL SITE: http://www.ataraxia.net
For sales in the territory of Russia, Belarus, Ukraine & Baltic States only


TRACK LIST:

CD 1
01. Hovering (new version 2007 / from 'Des Paroles Blanches' 2003)
02. Lucretia (from 'La Malediction d'Ondine' 1995)
03. Orlando a male (from 'Orlando' 1998)
04. The Gentle Sleep (from 'Saphir' 2004)
05. Blanche (from 'La Malediction d'Ondine' 1995)
06. Bonthrop (from 'Orlando' 1998)
07. La Lira d'Apollo (from 'Il Fantasma dell'Opera' 1996)
08. Cobalt (from 'Arcana Eco' 2005)
09. Il Violino Incantato (from 'Il Fantasma dell'Opera' 1996)
10. Etretat (from 'Des Paroles Blanches' 2003)
11. Migratio Animae (from 'Kremasta Nera' 2007)
CD 2
01. Antinea (from 'Historiae' 1998)
02. Belle Jolande (from 'Suenos' 2001)
03. Agharti (from 'Lost Atlantis' 1999)
04. Filava Melis (from 'Historiae' 1998)
05. Incabala (unrealeased song)
06. Mnemosine (from 'Suenos' 2001)
07. Nei Sotterranei dell'opera (from 'Il Fantasma dell'Opera' 1996)
08. Outremer (from 'Saphir' 2004)
09. Alsicon (from 'Mon Seul Desir' 2002)
10. Keladine (exclusive track 2007)
11. To be Without Being (exclusive track 2007)

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REVIEWS:



Ive already reviewed this a couple of months back (url at end of this) but as were going through the Shadowplay releases I felt Id remind you its out there, because Ataraxia are the most adventurous and artistic band around within Goth waters, like a ghost ship with a troubled mind of its own and a figurehead sometimes scowling, sometimes enigmatic, sailing forever onwards. This is a fabulous double CD compilation of their more recent recordings, the earlier work having been assessed on the A Calliope collection.
Always emotive in ways you cant necessarily understand they send you into a dreamworld where things are often dark, where the past, represented by musical pomp and ceremony, collides with the present with style and guile, vocal mystery and elegant surroundings. It is a whole world. A very distinctive blend.
You will find more enchantment here than in most peoples record collection in terms of vivacious threats and harmonious havoc. So let us simply look at the three unusual entities again, because on here they have redone Hovering from the quiet, controlled Des Paroles Blanches EP and it remains exquisitely modest, waves in the background behind leisurely synth and whispered vocals which turned into high plumes and float through the hazy sounds.
Then we come to Keladine, and To Be Without Being, the two exclusives, the former genteel, contemplative and softly stirred, gradually rising like an ashen angel, the latter sweeter with delicate guitar strands circling a darker central column and insistent, seemingly pained vocals.
That leaves 19 of the best things you could want to hear, so if theres one record I would recommend as a gateway to another musical port dimension, this is it. Please dont pass it by if you havent been smitten yet. Itll be the start of something special.
Full review:
Dont be taken in by the photo. Get too close and theyll drown you!
In contemplating any selection for a Best Of Ataraxia would always have an embarrassment of riches to sift through, and theyve certainly left some in the bank. I appreciate they havent, without the exception of Orlando (A Male), replicated anything from the earlier A Calliope compilation, but even so this 2CD collection shows that while the band may appear fairly normal they are anything but. They include three songs from their Il Fantasma Dellopera album, but nothing from Simphonia Sine Nomine, thereby excluding Canzona or Pregheira. Not one of Aigues Mortes, Zweistimmenstauschung, Bleumarine or Vitrage get on from the exceptional Ad Perpetuam Rei Memoriam. The Moon Sang On The April Chair is an odd record, littered with great tracks, such as the snappy title track or Colouring Nocturnal Lemon, the brooding Satis Vixi and a gorgeous Lady Lazarus? but they are also turned away. Even Concerto No. 6, which they regard as pivotal in their existence, is ignored, so forget Astore Serontina, Lei Morra or Maybe-O-The-Leaves. Paris Spleen is not incorporated either. Then again, what can any band do with so much material? Leave anything well known out and people will be shocked, and theres no Oduarpa on this either. (They have included Bonthrop, morally obliged to under pain of death.)
I did wonder if they were trying to avoid any of the harsher material and give this the more modern flair and feel, but that doesnt seem wholly the case, as they are still sharp moments amid the gloom and glamour. They have a newer, darkly fluid Hovering (Des Paroles Blanches) to open side 1 and then a droopy, weepy Lucretia and pretty Orlando A Male. The Gentle Sleep is mature and deep, Blanche high, bubbly and fluttery, Bonthrop majestically mysterious. La Lira D'apollo rises enigmatically behind the weird male vocals, and Cobalt is beautifully shady, with so many exquisite threads moving through its subtlety is almost audacious. Some restrained majesty from Il Violino Incantato moves into the crouched tension in Etretat and lolling dementia of Migratio Animae.
Antinea makes a bracing, sternly sober opener on the second disc, where the traditional fare truly lurks, and Belle Jolande makes you think youre walking round an art gallery where the paintings have been stolen, while Agharti has you convinced youre surrounded by luxurious lunacy. Filava Melis is stirring in a, this is SpartaLibrary, so sssssh! manner as it twirls and tickles, enchanting throughout. Incabala is listed as unreleased song but I have it on the Flowers Made Of Snow compilation. Its inverted bitter-sweet Celtic cool, and then the trilly, sighing Mnemosine floats swiftly like dandelion seeds trained in ballet. Nei Sotterranei Dell'opera shatters the mood, huffing and puffing weirdly, before also rising to the skies,
Outremer is like an organic version of spaghetti western drama, the sweeter Alsicon is almost bashfully beautiful, and then two wholly exclusive tracks are revealed which hover in the murkier end of Saphir material. Keladine seems initially to be a troubled form of indie, as is To Be Without Being but theres a guitar threat slow to ignite, and wild vocals held back until the end and where they fit in the overall current scheme who knows?
Apart from the boring art and lack on information on a drab, all but unreadable insert, its stuffed to the rafters with brilliance, but given that there are no real extremes of tone exhibited here I will tell you what I think. Its as if they have tried to equate the scope of all that they have done with how they feel and sound now. This means they can still pick material right across the board, but looking for what could, at a pinch, have been recorded over the last few years. It means it is still a representative collection of Ataraxia songs, but could also, to anyone who doesnt know, be a new record!
Thats how good they are. You really wouldnt know how old some of this is, and when they were recording the songs originally they were often way ahead of their time. Well, they still are, naturally, which is why you should take note of them if you havent yet had the opportunity. And where better to start than this?
Mick Mercer

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DISCOGRAPHY:


CDs
SIMPHONIA SINE NOMINE 1994
AD PERPETUAM REI MEMORIAM 1994
LA MALEDICTION D'ONDINE 1995
THE MOON SANG ON THE APRIL CHAIR 1995
IL FANTASMA DELL'OPERA 1996
CONCERTO N. 6 : A Baroque Plaisanterie 1996
ORLANDO 1998
HISTORIAE 1998
LOST ATLANTIS 1999
SUENOS 2001
A CALLIOPE... COLLECTION 2001
MON SEUL DESIR 2002
DES PAROLES BLANCHES 2003
SAPHIR 2004
ODOS EIS OURANON 2005
ARCANA ECO (Book + CD) 2005
PARIS SPLEEN 2006
SOUS LE BLANC ROSIER 2007

Vinyl
IN AMORIS MORTISQUE 1995
HISTORIAE 1998

Tapes
IL FANTASMA DELL'OPERA 1995
SUB IGNISSIMA LUNA 1993
ARAZZI 1993
NOSCE TE IPSUM1991
PROPHETIA 1990

VHS
NOSCE TE IPSUM 1991
WOULD THE WINGED LIGHT CLIMB ? - 1995
CONCERTO N. 6 : A Baroque Plaisanterie - 1997
OS CAVALEIROS DO TEMPLO 1998
SPIRITO ANCESTRALE 2002



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