Our new CD Comprende is out now, we’ve received our copies now and it looks really good (especially the booklet), thanks to Gabriel of Twilight Records for the production (and also to Avencio of GH Records, of course, and certainly to Levente, Kornel and Monika for the artwork as well). A few copies are available also from us, see our shop for the details.
At the same time we’ve reduced the price of some other/older items, for example CDs, T-shirts, polo shirts and other merchandising. Limited availability, while stocks last.
It was 11 years ago when I promised this CD to Gabriel of Twilight Records. After the release of the first album Struggle for Wisdom in 2003, we appeared on many compilations. That time was the golden age of compilations in neofolk, many labels released them around different themes. We received many requests for participation, and although we didn’t accept all of them, the number of songs we wrote for these compilations and split releases was higher and higher, we were very prolific, and certainly all songs were exclusive, written specifically for these releases. We had a good and efficient team for the songwriting and the recording, besides the founding members Gergö and myself we were assisted by Benkö Misi, who wrote most of the keyboard parts (as well as in case of the first album), he had many good ideas, helped us a lot, and also the guys (Toth Agnes and Szabo Mihaly) in Elysion Studio (where we recorded most of these songs) participated actively in these songs, not only in the recording, but sometimes also in the instrumentation (writing keyboard parts, for example).
In those days I got a request from Gabriel, that he liked our music very much and would like to release something from us on his label Twilight Records, for example a collection of compilation tracks. And I answered that it was my intention, too, to collect the tracks from compilations and split releases, but I wanted to do it only after the release of the second album:
“…we plan our next full-length release around 2006-2007. And after that we would like to compile our songs from compilations, vinyls etc., and we’d like to re-record all of them.”
Well, our second full-length album is still not released, and I think it won’t be released in the foreseeable future. But now, after 11 years I’ve finally decided to collect these songs from compilations, vinyls, split releases into one album. As it was planned before, all of them will be re-recorded, some of them will be slightly reworked. All songs will be included in this record, that were completely written by us, both the music and the lyrics (meaning no cover versions, no poem adaptions), accompanied by a new (previously unreleased) version of an old song. 10 songs from the first 15 years of the band, in the “classic Cawatana style”: acoustic guitar-based neofolk with martial industrial, neoclassical influences, with the classic lineup, including both founding members (Gergö and me). For all of those who miss the old sound of Cawatana.
The CD will be released by Twilight Records (Argentina) and GH Records (Spain) as a 4-panel digipak with 12-page booklet, containing all the lyrics and information about the songs.
Planned release date: second half of 2016
The complete video recording of our concert at Runes+Men Festival in Leipzig, Germany, 2015 is available online now, thanks to Thorium Heavy Industries.
We will play a special (short) semi-acoustic duo set in Munich (München), Germany, as a guest of the concert of Twa Corbies and Sieben on the 19th of November, 2015. Our lineup will consist of acoustic guitar, vocals, accordion, melodica, and also some background tracks from my “little machine”. We will play some songs from our album Struggle for Wisdom, as these songs fit to this lineup the most. Continue reading
As mentioned before, we’ve made some merchandising items for the Runes+Men festival, and a few (remaining) pieces are now available in our “shop“, in a very limited quantity.
A little bit ill and with injuries, but we are ready and prepared for the concert at Runes+Men Festival this Saturday (10th of October, 2015). With a powerful new lineup, with a powerful set, including songs from all of our bigger releases: Struggle for Wisdom debut album (in a mixture of original and “Again” versions), Advocation for Privileges mini album, and the new EP/mini album Decline of Privileges (will be released for this concert). And you can also find some new merchandising items at our stall, created exclusively for this festival, at “Runes+Men special price”, in limited quantity. (The rest will be sold online after the festival, here on this site, stay tuned.)
After 5 years I’ve decided to finish and publish the second part of our mini album Advocation for Privileges (released by Eis&Licht in 2010), not independently from our forthcoming concert at Runes+Men Festival. The CD will contain 6 new songs. I’ve started to write these songs right after the release of Advocation for Priviliges, but due to some reasons I’ve been able to complete them just now. Musically it’s similar to the first part, acoustic guitar based dark folk, with a little wave-pop influence, melodic and rhythmic, consists of acoutic guitars, bass, simple keyboard tunes and drum(machine) – with a little reminiscence of the good old days of neofolk in the 80s, partially influenced by other good things from the 80s, such as dark/new wave or post punk, but interpreted with “today’s sounds” (whatever that can mean).