After an eight year hiatus, we recently regrouped with a streamlined setup, revisiting some of the music created since our last recording in 2003. For this album we began rearranging the material by first looking at the essence of what worked in each song, and then by forwarding the oddity of the current instrumentation and band lineup.
We also created six new tracks for the album that we are very excited about, as they started taking us into a new musical direction. These are still based on some aspect of the traditional Maltese music, whether it may be lyrics from the 1930´s recordings, a traditional għana song, folk rhymes or a popular tune. As always, it was a challenge to include some of the remaining local instruments and to play them in ways that would sound fresh and surprising within the new context. Tanbur, żummara, bijambo, żafżafa and flejguta offset the effected guitars, retro-futuristic synths, unconventional percussion and footwork, deep, groovy bass, raspy sax and haunting whispery vocals. The unlikely result is a new sound we started to refer to during the recording as 'Tripfolk'.
We would like to thank all involved in the making of the CD, it was a real journey and a privilege, we hope you enjoy listening to the album and we look forward to playing it live.
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released November 15, 2016
ALISON GALEA: voice, keys, electric guitars
ANDREW ALAMANGO: electric guitars, oud, tambur, żummara, backing vocals
WALTER VELLA: tenor & baritone sax, flute & alto flute, flejguta
OLIVER DEGABRIELE: double & electric bass, keys, bass synths, backing vocals
ANDREJ VUJICIC: cajón, katuba, bijambo, tambur, żafżafa, kalimba, typewriter, body percussion, backing vocals
FRANCESCA GRIMA: footwork on wood & pastizzi tray, body percussion
All songs composed and arranged by *etnika
Produced by *etnika and David Vella
Sleeve design by Andrej Vujicic
Group photo by Grace Cassar
Album recorded, mixed and mastered by David Vella at Temple Studios Malta 2016
This project is supported by Arts Council Malta – Malta Arts Fund
copyright © *etnika 2016
Thanks to Arts Council Malta, Adrian Mamo, Manuel Casha, Toni Sant, Davinia Galea, David, Ethan and Alistair at Temple Studios, the Gozo Ministry, Frankie, Richard, Raymond and Joe for use of sentinella room at the Citadel Gozo, Henry Alamango, Norman and Kristine Grima, Giosuè Deriu, Anette Erler, Maria Lipnicka, last but not least all previous etnika members and collaborators.
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