Nadja

Eros

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Nadja were born in the eighties in Sarzana (Liguria). Towards the end of '82 the two founding members Fabio Giannini (guitar) and Osvaldo Lanata (vocals) were joined by Michele Militello on bass and Roberto Andreotti on drums. The first tape - La Joie - was recorded in the new AR Studios in San Terenzo. Clearly influenced by the british goth movement Nadja soon introduced more than a reference to the French culture and the Mediterranean music. The surrealist matrix is evident in the lyrics, even if the socio-political influence is still there.

At the turn of ‘ 85, the second tape – Eros – is out. While strictly anchored to the dark / post punk area, folk elements and dilated structures definitely appeared. After the release of that tape there is a slight change: Lanata leaves the group replaced by Maurizio Montemauri, and the lyrics will be soon written and sung in Italian, no longer in English. In ‘87 Nadja are just about to enter the studio again, but for a series of personal reasons (study, work, military service) the group is forced to stop.

‘Til 2015 actually, when two tapes containing a concert and a live rehearsal of the new songs are found. A re-mastered version of these recordings will resurface in the FU_Nadja 87 cd, released that same year. Due to a series of positive feedback, Militello and Giannini will resume the activity as Nadja, giving birth to the Nadja Proyect. Right after the re-issue of La Joie (Onde Italiane, 2017)and Act IV (Sunflowers Records) it’s just about time for ‘Eros’ the sought after second tape, here on vinyl for the first time.

ON EROS:

Alessandra Sauer wrotes - in WM number 3, an historical fanzine of the early 80’s - “of all the productions I reviewed for this issue, the Eros tape by Nadja is undoubtedly the best... it’s even hard to define what they had in mind this time, difficult to define them, hard to pinpoint. Art was meant as love, then as 'eros'? And the audience is maybe identified with the lover? Nadja have definitely matured as musicians, the sound is less obscure and the pursuit of joy is not over ”.

Sauer's words hit the mark. The work of Nadja is full of electricity, but with many moments of 'dark' lyricism, a work ahead of its time in fact.

Nadja: Eros

In Silence Nadja 5' 35''
Moments Of Joy Nadja 3' 50''
Heart In Hand Nadja 4' 47''
Red Nadja 4' 33''
Conscience Nadja 5' 32''
A Kiss Alone Nadja 4' 38''

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