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OSTARA’S BLESS

Sicily
Darkwave, desert rock, world music
Seahorse Recordings


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Un sonico Giano Quadrifronte che guarda devotamente a Swans, Nick Cave, Velvet Underground e Dead Can Dance. RUMORE

Ostara’s Bless have provided a thoroughly enticing package: a gothic shoegaze industrial onslaught that thunders along with a deep intensity augmented by the visual depiction of an otherworldly, arctic world that is chilling and mesmerizing. A veritable work of art. BACKSEAT MAFIA (UK)

Ostara’s Bless is the new project of Paolo Messere (Blessed Child Opera), featuring on recordings the collaboration of the neapolitan artist Rita Saviano and of the drummer Matteo Anelli, and live the strong and charming presence of the dancer and performer Gianna Parisi.
Masculine/Feminine is a dense, rich work, a battle and a lovemaking between male’s angular contradictions and female’s exoteric creativeness. A breathtaking trip through post-punk, darkwave, electronic, mediterranean vibes and traditional indian raga samples.

Critical times can and must be crucial for transformation, shaping new identities out of facing crisis and the unexpected. This is the soil that nurtured Ostara’s Bless birthPaolo Messere, known for his mammoth work as Blessed Child Opera, with more than 10 years and 10 albums under this name, found himself stuck during the self-isolation months in his stunning Art Seahorse House, a white villa surrounded by a huge garden full of cactus, bougainvilleas and palm trees, with a recording studio at its core, and the sicilian sea a few steps away.
In the void of human contacts, the harsh, extreme, vivid mediterranean nature became the source of inspiration for a songwriting still dark and tortured, but also newly and firmly centered in a place at the crosspoint between Europe, Africa and the Middle East. The sunsets of the Stagnone near Marsala, the fascination of the salt pans and the absurd games of colors at the horizon brought in the consciousness and the spell of being in the most African place in Europe.
Masculine/Feminine is the first of two double albums, all due out in 2022, that collect and organise the sheer volume of new compositions that Paolo Messere started to fix in March 2020, following first some sketches from his previous life in Syracuse, but soon flowing with an endless thread of new ideas and sounds.


Masculine/Feminine
Double album out Jan 14th, 2022 on Seahorse Recordings

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PR: OSTARA’S BLESS – Masculine / Feminine

IT : darkwave, post-punk, world music

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The bird fights its way out of the egg. The egg is the world. Who would be born must first destroy a world.” Hermann Hesse, Demian

Critical times can and must be crucial for transformation, shaping new identities out of facing crisis and the unexpected. This is the soil that nurtured Ostara’s Bless birth. Paolo Messere, known for his mammoth work as Blessed Child Opera, with more than 10 years and 10 albums under this name, found himself stuck during the self-isolation months in his stunning Art Seahorse House, a white villa surrounded by a huge garden full of cactus, bougainvilleas and palm trees, with a recording studio at its core, and the sicilian sea a few steps away.
In the void of human contacts, the harsh, extreme, vivid mediterranean nature became the source of inspiration for a songwriting still dark and tortured, but also newly and firmly centered in a place at the crosspoint between Europe, Africa and the Middle East. The sunsets of the Stagnone near Marsala, the fascination of the salt pans and the absurd games of colors at the horizon brought in the consciousness and the spell of being in the most African place in Europe.
Masculine/Feminine is the first of two double albums, all due out in 2022, that collect and organise the sheer volume of new compositions that Paolo Messere started to fix in March 2020, following first some sketches from his previous life in Syracuse, but soon flowing with an endless thread of new ideas and sounds. There was plenty of time and a world in standstill and uncertainty outside, and the need to fight demons through recordings.

Masculine the A side, is called so simply because the more masculine side of his personality forged the songs, composed back in Syracuse but lyrically completed in Marsala. As Paolo says: “My way of writing music has changed in the light of my new sound researches, already started with BCO’s last album Love Songs / Complications, and which have reached an higher degree of maturity in light of the new cosmic events, leading me to a new reflection on existence, and on the meaning of being an artist in this fragmented and almost disintegrated contemporaneity. Masculine can be said to be an existentialist and very pagan album, irreverent but poetic, rational but also emotionally intense and painful.”

Feminine, the B side of the album, however, was all written in Marsala. It’s a hymn to the sensuality of female nature, and to the Middle Eastern essence of the surroundings. “The interpretations Rita Saviano gave to my compositions impressively married the overall vision I had of the pieces, giving a unique evocative power to the instrumental mantras. Rita also chose to play with different semantic aspects of the languages, writing and singing the lyrics in Latin, French, English. Feminine also features instrumental compositions that allowed me to experiment with sampling traditional voices of Indian culture, which indeed have become the backbone of the songs themselves.

When the world started to slowly open up again in Spring 2021, Paolo Messere found himself with 4 albums ready, but many doubts about how and when to release them. Nothing will be the same, it was said, and also his music went through a process of transformation. The egg had to be broken. And it happened when, in October 2021, longtime friend and musician Matteo Anelli came to visit. Matteo had been in several past line ups for Blessed Child Opera, touring and writing songs with Paolo. After one full week of reharsing and writing, it was clear to both that the bond was perfect, and that something new and different was born out of the ashes of Blessed Child Opera.
From the common love for tarots, they choose the name of Ostara’s Bless. Ostara is the ancient deity of the rites of Spring, associated with new creative beginnings, and later with pagan Easter, with the egg as symbol of a new life cracking up from the shell.
Matteo also shaped the visual side of the project, designing the logo and the artworks for all forthcoming releases.
Masculine/Feminine was released on Seahorse Recordings on January 14th, 2022, first digital, and with cds and double vinyls to follow later in the year.
The song Fear of Neglect was chosen for the first video clip, capturing its nervous, almost menacing sound. The song’s lyrics about wanting to grasp something – a love – when one knows it’s lost already, the arabian sounding chorus and the sudden light in the finale perfectly summon the process and themes behind Ostara’s Bless existence.


Masculine/Feminine
Double album out Jan 14th, 2022 on Seahorse Recordings

MEDIA LINKS
Rumore Mag (IT)

Terra Relicta (SLO)
Revista the 13th (ARG)
Riserva Indie (IT)
Kalporz (IT)
Rockit (IT)
Radiocoop (IT)
Arearock (IT)
Ondarock (IT)
Tinnitlist (CAN)

FEAR OF THE NEGLECT MEDIA LINKS
Backseat Mafia (UK) – video première
Switch On (IT) – news
Area Rock (IT) – news
Terra Relicta (SLO) – news
Violanoir (RUS)
The Blackout Radio Show with Mike Pougounas (UK/USA/CAN/GR/CYP)
El Santo del Rock (MEX)
Selection Sorties (FR)
The Alternative Frequencies Rock Show – Radio Leyland (UK)
End of the Week Show – Sheppey FM (UK)
Wrinkly Rockers Club (UK)


PR : RITA TEKEYAN

RITA TEKEYAN – GREEN LINE
Release date: April 24th, 2021
Label: Seahorse Recordings
Countries: Lebanon/Italy
Genre: darkwave, goth, world music

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Following her album debut, 2015’s Manifesto Anti-War, musician, singer, and performing artist Rita Tekeyan is back with her sophomore full-length follow-up, Green Line, available April 24th through Seahorse Recordings.
Born in Lebanon from Armenian family, Rita is now living in North of Italy, by the Garda’s Lake.

Devil’s OB, the first single, released on April 02nd, is a twisted, witchy, and yet dreamy song about internal conflicts, obsession, desperation, and madness. The video, premièred on New Noise Mag, was shot in the woods by director Enrico Fappani, and creates the atmosphere of a dark fairytale, using symbols, a wicked scenery and the powerful presence of Rita’s gestures and voice, which could remind female artists as Kate Bush, Lydia Lunch or Nina Hagen.
Green Line is dedicated to Beirut, Tekeyan’s native city. ‘Green Line’ was the green linear area on Beirut’s map during the civil war, dividing Beirut by East and West, and it was one of the most dangerous and devastated areas of Beirut.
The images of Beirut in the Green Line album booklet were taken by Rita Tekeyan in post-war Beirut in 2016, in various locations of the Green Line area, as she searched for the hidden traces of war and the deep scars that will never be ereased.

Green Line is a musical project where whispers and silence are as essential as screams. Pieces of memories are put together in a new order, a new dimension, the music dimension, the words dimension; a reconstruction of space and time through music and words, inspired by Deconstructivism and the “Poetics of Space” of French philosopher Gaston Bachelard. Tekeyan’s album is part of the project which focuses on war stories and details, events that are unknown to most people, events that no radio or television program would talk about, events insignificant to the regular eye but huge in the eyes of a child.




Dopo il debutto del 2015, Manifesto Anti-War, la cantante, musicista e performer Rita Tekeyan torna col nuovo album Green Line, disponibile dal 24 Aprile su Seahorse Recordings. Di origini armene ma nata in Libano, Rita è ora residente in Italia, a Desenzano sul Garda.

Devil’s OB, il primo singolo, è stato pubbicato il 02 Aprile. E’ un brano stregato, sofferto, eppur sognante, che racconta di conflitti interni, ossessioni, disperazione e follia. Il video, presentato in anteprima da New Noise Mag, è stato girato nei boschi dal regista Enrico Fappani, e crea l’atmosfera di una favola dark, usando simboli, un paesaggio incantato e la presenza scenica di Rita, dei suoi gesti e della sua voce, che potrebbe ricordare artiste femminili come Kate Bush, Lydia Lunch e Nina Hagen.

Green Line è dedicato a Beirut, la città natale della Tekeyan. La “Green Line” (linea verde) era quell’area lineare segnata sulle mappe col colore verde durante la guerra civile, che divideva Beirut Est da Beirut Ovest, ed era l’area maggiormente pericolosa e devastata della città.
Le immagini di Beirut nel booklet dell’album sono della stessa Rita Tekeyan, scattate nella Beirut post guerra del 2016, alla ricerca di tracce nascoste del conflitto e di cicatrici che non si rimargineranno.
Green Line è un progetto musicale in cui i sussurri e il silenzio sono essenziali come le urla. Pezzi di memoria sono riassemblati in un nuovo ordine, una nuova dimensione, quella della musica e dei versi, che ricostruiscono lo spazio e il tempo. L’ispirazione viene dal Decostruttivismo e dalla “poetica dello spazio” del filosofo francese Gaston Bachelard.

Il lavoro della Tekeyan è parte di un più vasto progetto incentrato sui dettagli delle storie di guerra, su eventi sconosciuti ai più, eventi di cui nessuna radio e televisione parlerà mai, insignificanti agli occhi del pubblico e della Storia, ma immensi agli occhi di un bambino che, come Rita, è cresciuto in un Paese in guerra.