Sunday, February 3, 2008


Ataraxia is an Italian trio which occupies the fine-art end of the neo-gothic spectrum and produces a rich tapestry of music and song incorporating folk, mediaeval, renaissance, baroque, and classical elements.
Formed in 1985, it consists of Francesca Nicoli (vocals, lyrics, flutes, drum machine) Vittorio Vandelli, (classical, acoustic, electric and synth guitars; drum-machine; lyrics) and Giovanni Pagliari (keyboards, synth, piano, pipe-organ, lyrics).
The group's performance is characterised by the prominence of Francesca's strong voice which is blended with both modern and traditional instruments. Her accent has a distinctively strong 'r', which is of course a feature of Italian but also strangely suggestive of English rural accents. In some songs her voice rises into little screams in punk fashion: in others she hits the high notes with a Kate Bush-style warble.
They have produced a number of tapes and CDs and a vinyl, and have featured on numerous compilations including My Castle's "Onore Alle Arti". Francesca also provided vocals for three of the tracks on Camerata Mediolanense's "Musica Reservata".

This is the very first release of this exceptional, much Dead Can Dance inspired ,band.Listen to the dark medieval soundscapes blended with Francesca Nicoli's wonderful voice.
Visit their website here.
Note this tape has been ripped as side a and b....non seperated tracks.So here's the tracklisting:

- Visionary side -

Anno Domini MDLVI
In Articulo Mortis
May, 16th 1980
Hommage Funèbre

- Chimerical side -

Nocturnal Euthanasia
Teuflische Mosaikarbeit

Note: there was a mistake with the new link I generated for this, so another link for this will be back up soon...


Psyence Guy said...

Not what I was expecting. Pretty cool. Thanks.

Anonymous said...


sorry, the link don't work, can you re-upload, please?

Anonymous said...

pleeease, re-upload the link...

Anonymous said...

re-upload the link...

vdoandsound said...

anonymous-Sorry I can't help. but this was Jim's post, not mine. And he's away from the blog for a little while.

Anonymous said...

Link is still down, FYI. Would love to hear this one!!

Anonymous said...

Downloaded this new link and it was the Ataraxia album by Mort Garson. haha

vdoandsound said...

anonymous-you're quite right. These things can happen when you're batch uploading new files for hundreds of albums at a time. That Ataraxia file has now been plugged into the Garson post and this'll be back up soon, along with everything else missing from the blog give or take a few.