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Format: CD
Label & Cat.Number: Eter etcd10
Release Year: 2009
Note: newest release by the great "trance-gong-drone" project from Torun, Poland
Price (incl. 19% VAT): €13.00

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If you ever saw HATI live you know how intelligently contrived their compositions are - their vast array of ethnic instruments (mainly gongs & other metallic ones, but not solely) is controlled by them in a very professional way; and the dynamics between between softer and more spheric gong or metal parts and more rhythmic & ecstatic ones are perfectly set. These are studio-recordings made in August in Torun, Poland, their hometown. On eight pieces their totally handmade instrumental sound is spread far to create very versatile material. Seen as contemplative ritual music or focusing just on the beautiful sounds of real instruments, this is a perfect start to enter the HATI-universe if you don't know them yet!!

"... Ka is a much more varied, more sensual and, to my mind, more rewarding album than Works For Scrap Metal, a lot of which had the stern, austere feeling of Industrial Rgime. The addition of harmonium in particular really extends Hatis palette, and Trans Muzik is easily the funkiest thing I've heard from this band. I wonder whether it isnt time for Hati to try using the human voice not lyrics and singing, but wordless chanting or humming? As far as I'm aware, theyve never used voices. Its just a suggestion. Anyway, Hati are playing in Britain for the first time next month, in London on June 12 with ZEV and Raymond Salvatore Harmon, as part of the Equinox Festival, and I for one am very excited about the prospect of seeing them play, having admired them from afar for years.
The packaging of Ka is very nice, consisting of a cruciform cardboard envelope, rather like the sleeves favoured by the Finnish ambient label Aural Hypnox, with black-on-silver artwork." [Simon Collins / JudasKiss]

"... Primary sound source on the album is acoustic metal-percussions counting among others gongs of various kinds, steel barrels, metal discs and aluminum plates just to mention a few of the applied tools. The band itself terms their style as Trance-Gong - a quite hitting stylish term since the trio use the metallic percussive sounds to create this trance-inducing atmosphere that first of all draws associations towards the Gamelan-style of the Javanese territories. Apart from the sound pallets of metal percussion other important sound sources count bells of various kinds. Stylistic the music of the band are best termed as something in-between gamelan, ambient and ethnic minimalism. A quite fascinating and unusual album that probably won't find its fans on the dancefloor, but more likely demands for some horizontal listening." [NM, Vital Weekly]