In this month «The Archangel Of Omega» is being released, an EP which includes the two songs that I've finished in the last months for the CAUTIVA project. The first song, «A Story Of Life, Love And Death», was released here previously in October of 2014 in a primitive mix. Now the track is completely finished in a much clearer mix. «Freaks!» is the name of the second song, a very complex piece in which I've been working from time to time, and patiently, during the last months and makes a critique of the current use of mobile phones by the society (don't get angry, it's just art). The EP includes these pieces in two different versions: original version (with vocals) and instrumental version (without vocals and slightly different). I've made this because both songs are instrumentally very complex and rich and I believe it's a good idea to have instrumental versions to enjoy them from a different perspective.
The artwork has been made by Georgi Georgiev (mainly) and myself. I hope you like it:
I think this recording captures all the essence of Cautiva: technical and progressive thrash metal, complex structures, constant changes, screaming vocals, wrath but a lot of care in the musical speech, etc. If you liked Cautiva's «Human» from 2009, I think you will enjoy this one too.
And yes... It's the end of the project.
Of all my projects, Cautiva has probably been my favorite. Recording «Human» was a fabulous experience which I tried to repeat with each new album but I never reached again. The reason is that each recording gives you a different feeling, and with that album a lot of wonderful things mixed together and created a perfect salad: the first time with all it, the inspiration, the freshness, the lack of awareness... Today I find evident mistakes of production and mix in «Human», but anyway it's great, the feeling that transmits me is awesome... But as I said, each recording gives you a different feeling, in other words: each recording is a part of what you were then; and you can not repeat what you were in the past because you are actually a different person...
...And this is the reason because today I'm saying a bye-bye to Cautiva. I'm a different person and my musical interests are going to a completely diferent direction than Cautiva gives me. When I decided to begin to work again in my music the past year I wanted to take again Cautiva and to record some songs more before to begin other new projects. Then I had clearly this was going to be a kind of farewell. During the last months I've been watching more and more the reasons why I must finish. First of all, my mind asks me to make other kind of music, more electronic based and spontaneous. Second, the long time this project needs to finish a well-recorded song. On the other hand, everything that could go wrong with the recordings went wrong: problems with hardware and software, hard-disc crashes, my job as teacher in the last years has damaged by throat to sign in the Cautiva style... An awful recording experience during the last months. So, Cautiva is definitely over :-)
Is this farewell really definitive??? No, it's not. I can actually say that I've finished with Cautiva and I'm not going to record anything else for the project, but things change in the future and I don't know what will happen in my head in a few years.
Ok. If you are a Cautiva fan, listen to the EP and tell what you think :-)
All the best,
Now playing - Vangelis: Blade Runner soundtrack