Friday, July 2, 2010

[tube 210] Aitänna77 - The Last Summer Days EP

Aitänna77 - The Last Summer Days EP
Label: Test Tube
Catalog#: tube210
Format: 4 x File, MP3, EP, 256 kbps
Country: Portugal
Released: 16 Jun 2010
Genre: Pop, Rock
Credits: Design [Cover] - aeriola::behaviour
Written-By, Performer, Recorded By, Producer, Artwork By - Mikel Martínez
Notes: All songs written, performed, recorded and produced at home between January and June 2009.

«It is hard to believe that it was almost three years ago that we saw the last release from our dear friend Mikel Martínez, titled 'Health Needs', a concept album about a fictional life/death situation. And before that, more than five years ago, test tube was graced at the very beginnings of its existance with the short EP 'Spring is coming soon EP', which gathered some very nice words about it at the time, like for instance: '(...) a truly superb mix of acoustic and electric elements, with all the elegance of classic minimalism and all the presence of an early-1970s singer-songwriter album.' - Marc Weidenbaum dixit.

Enter his new EP, 'The Last Summer Days', another 4 tracker like the first one, equally absorbing, equally delicate and dreamy, but with a couple of differences of note. Mikel matured his sound enough, to the point that it can now acommodate his shy singing. Aitänna77 is now, at last, a complete 'singer slash songwriter' musical project, which he seemed to sought after when he started it.
Fans of the 'old' Aitänna77 should rejoice, and fans of the new should also love the old, because it is the same... it's everything there, still... and moving. New and beautiful songs (and a Codeine cover), the same awkward but rightly placed instruments, the same minimalistic scores and arrangements and that same seemingly out-of-place nostalgia we learned to love, that keeps us from getting grounded to a particular moment in time. 'Tarde o Temprano' feels like watching 'Verano Azul' twenty-five years later (only our spanish readers will understand this, sorry.). Such a perfect little gem!

I was really in the need for something like this. Thank you, Mikel.» - Pedro Leitão

1 Amnesia 4:07
2 The Last Summer Days 3:28
3 Tarde O Temprano 2:08
4 Broken-Hearted Wine 5:10

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