8 years after the majestic album "Seraphim", Irfan are now back with an album which continues the beauty of the journey: 'The Eternal Return' . This new album was recorded with the original singer of the band Denitza Seraphim.
The new masterpiece counts 10 titles; it travels from the Sahara desert, to the Siberian steppes via the Gardens of Jerusalem and even the mystical worlds of Hildegarde Von Bingen.
The flutes are hypnotic and the voices transcendental. Transcendence is all across the album, together with the theme of the eternal return, return to our original source, the Garden of Eden.
The male/female duo unavoidably reminds us of Dead Can Dance ; Irfan adapts "Salamander" from the album "Toward the within".
How can we best define this album? Overpowering ? Mystical ? Dreamlike ? Romantic ? Touched by divine grace ? All at once. The quintet gathers the Earth, the Sky, the fire and water in a kind of modern liturgy which honours the past, the Egyptian, the medieval and the Christian cultures. This journey, through numerous oriental instruments such as oud, santoor, psalterion, daf, bodhran, duduk, ney, kaval elevates us to the level of Life’s mystery.
May Irfan’s music allow you to dream, dance, sing and see beyond the veil of illusions to taste the beauty of now / the present moment.
Musical references of this album draw from Dead Can Dance, Azam Ali Niyaz, Hildegarde Von Bingen.
Irfan will do a tour in 2015/2016 to introduce their new album to the public
"The album feels like touched by the hand of God. It is a sacred union and an intercourse between sound and voices, which will rapidly lead you towards a strong visual universe where you’ll enter a dreamy world. “The Eternal Return” clearly appears to be IRFAN’s Opus Magnum. I can already tell you it will be the ‘ALBUM OF THE YEAR’!"
“The new masterpiece offers a wide array of ethnic influences and travels from the Sahara desert, to the Siberian steppes via the Gardens of Jerusalem and even the mystical worlds of Hildegard Von Bingen...”
“Transcendence is all across the album, along with the theme of the Eternal Return, the return to our original source, to the Garden of Eden... Overpowering. Mystical. Dreamlike. Romantic. Touched by Divine grace. All at once. That is IRFAN’s Eternal Return...”
“IRFAN’s music is rooted in the trails of Dead Can Dance and yet it blossoms as an original World fusion that blends the Neo folk and Gothic matrix with the Oriental mysticism, the Balkan tunes and the Medieval romance into a mesmerizing sound of crystalline beauty...”
Ivaylo Petrov: oud, baglama saz, cura saz, cumbus oud, tambura, santoor, psalterion, programming, arrangement
Kalin Yordanov: vocals, daf, bodhran, arrangement
Petar Todorov: darbouka, tombak, djembe, riq, electronic percussion pad
Yasen Lazarov: duduk, ney, kaval, harmonium
Denitza Seraphim: vocals