continue to unfold their panoply of folk tableaus with ever an aesthetic
eye and no less in this release, "Arcana Eco", which is a voluminous
and luxurious book with seven newly recorded tracks, four exclusively
released, on the disc that comes with Arcana Eco. While this reviewer
was not privy to the book itself, if the promo pack that arrived was anything
to go by, it was as professional as any digipak with an extra disc featuring
full flash navigation and pages sampled from the book in PDF format, lots
The book is divided into six main chapters about which satellites preface,
discography, history and a lengthy and personal interview including lyrics.
All pages are boutiques of art in print with subtle halftones, full colour
photographic inserts generously flourish the book. From personal writings
and poetic intimations by the members of Ataraxia this manual on these
modern minstrels unfolds a breadth of informative reading on the band.
The six main chapters are based on the symbols of stone, water, passages,
dream, contemplation, and light, attributes that not only thematically
are to be found in the select tracks but in all matters Ataraxia. Well
written, eruditely poetic, esoterically so, the book is ripe with ornate
enjoyment for the lovers of Ataraxia's music.
While only four of the seven tracks on the "Arcana Eco" discs
are exclusively new, all are fresh recordings from Ataraxia, with the
other three being reinterpretations of earlier recordings. Like the chapters
of the book that symbolizes their themes so too do these seven songs capture
the cross section, kaleidoscope of stylistic capillaries veining the body
of Ataraxia. 'Cobalt' sways a dolorous décor, lush guitars
and operatic voices sky evanescent strands of trailing tendrils of cloud.
A stronger focus on the earthly spiritual is revisited in the temple,
'Astimelusa' wherein ode to Aphrodite echoes with bells of ceremony.
The second exclusive track, 'Mirsolo' gyrates tribal influence
and gypsy guitar before the lumbering shadows of darkwave choruses. Gypsy
flamenco orates the meter, rhythm and melody of 'Fire in the Wood',
a cinder of swirling eastern ritual. A new studio version of 'Nossa
Senhora dos Anjos' drifts planes betwixt suffering and beauty, with
the "baroque divertissement version" of 'De Pourpre et d'Argent'
reclining in formal parlour performance. The last and exclusively new
track is the surreal haunt of 'The Island of Docteur Moreau'
(sic), a disturbed umbilicus of the island‚s sounds of nature and
the unnatural ululations that well deep from within the genetic playground
of author, Wells' antagonist.