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ÄTNA shines on weird and wonderful ‘Smile’

Rising German avant-pop duo ÄTNA are poised to announce a brand new release with the arrival of ‘Smile’ this October through Humming Records.

Following on from their recent acclaimed collaborations on Solomun’s ‘Tuk Tuk’, championed by Pete Tong on BBC Radio 1 and ‘Weirdo’ with 11-piece techno marching band Meute, ‘Smile’ is a scintillatingly bizarre and sumptuous track moulded in ÄTNA’s fresh inimitable style.

The accompanying video clip is visually striking, minimalist statement. They say: “In the music video for ‘Smile’, we go new ways this time and escape to a place between dream and disturbance, where a fleeting smile distorts space and time. Echoes from the future become déjà vu. Hypnotic and intangible. Unsurprisingly, our new song comes as a surprise; dry yet dubby, ballad-esque yet beat driven – a strive for acceptance of dark passengers who will always be a part of the whole.”

ÄTNA are creating groundbreaking avant-garde pop from scratch, hitting a career milestone of over 1 million Spotify listeners a month, with over 40 million Spotify streams across their catalogue and NMF features in Germany, Switzerland, UK, Mexico, Türkiye, CZ, Greece, Malaysia, Singapore and Taiwan.

They create a completely unique sound that is free of any stylistic conventions. Their style is indefinable, their stage presence immense, their creativity boundless: ÄTNA have achieved what many consider impossible in these times. From the underground to one of the most sought-after live acts in Europe and, at the same time, one of the most innovative new electronic music projects. The mission statement was as steep as it was hard for the duo, and yet, at least since their impressive debut “Made By Desire” (2020), Inéz and Demian know only one direction: up.

‘Smile’ 7th October via Humming Records

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