Boomkat Product Review:
Rabit’s reliable Halcyon Veil label introduces Tati Au Miel with a compelling invocation of their Afro-diasporic heritage, the related vodou of Haitian spiralism, and a storytelling oral culture, also ft. guests Embaci, Cecilia, and Nudo - a must check if haunted by Mhysa, Croww, Wayne Phoenix, Nkisi.
With ‘Carousel’ Tati Au Miel serves the only other material aside to Rat Section’s releases on the cherry-picking Halcyon Veil in 2023. The five-track EP plays deep into the label’s core, broad interests in the intersectionalities and symbiosis of music from mainstream and the margins, with Tati channelling aspects of R&B, experimental sound design, theatric and film musicks, and club ritual, in a peculiar expression and exploration of sonic hauntology and multi-faceted identity.
‘La berceuse’ opens with the gripping contrast of wraithlike, Mhysa-esque R&B vox with nails-on-glass tension, and ’Stuck in a Reverie’ diffuses early horror film type theremin into OOBE spatialization, with ‘Carousel’ pinching the senses into a pocket of oozing, Mick Karn-like bass and spindly music box melody and bitterest electronic dissonance that prompts and gets right under piloerect skin.
A passage of ‘Tati’s Acapella’ surely reminds to Fatima Al Qadiri’s eerie hymnals, and ‘My heart’ quietly devastates with their iced out keys and hallucinatory harmony with Cecilia metamorphosing into a Nkisi-like tattoo. Salute, Tati and Halcyon Veil.