Ad Augusta per Angusta is a compilation of Iberian popular folk songs by Aegri Somnia…
Formed by Cristina R. Galván “Lady Carrot” from the Castilian folk music scene and Nightmarer from the avant-garde metal projects, As Light Dies and Garth Arum, Aegri Somnia is a folk, dark wave duo from Madrid, Spain.
It all began in 2012 in an old and haunted house located in a northern Spanish valley, surrounded by loneliness, silence and the smell of wet earth. In an old iron kitchen where termites were almost heard devouring the wooden beams, a musical session was improvised with a tambourine, cookware as percussion, traditional songs and lugubrious chords coming from an electric guitar. Two vastly different worlds converged and married in the eyes of the silent and celebrating spirits who inhabited the house. And thus Aegri Somnia was born, Spanish traditional music, unknown even for most of Spanish people, mixed with a harmonic eccentricity typical of musical styles such as black metal. Songs reinforced with a bittersweet soundtrack which emphasizes the message our ancestors passed to us.
Ad Augusta per Angusta is a compilation of Iberian popular folk songs from the late 19th and the early 20th century. A travel through the rural Spain watered by our ancestors’ sweat and blood, an approach to the magical Spain with its lights and its shadows, and a gaze in to the abyss of the black and tenebrous Spain with the inner cruelty and brutality of human beings. Pieces of memory, tradition, secrets and myths transmitted over the years from generation to generation, around bonfires, while long working days under the sun or during celebrations. Small samples of popular wisdom which, unlike others already entered into the mists of time and have been rescued from our elder memory before their demise.
Aegri Somnia line-up
Cristina R. Galvan-Lady Carrot: Voice, Galician and Castilian tambourine, pandero cuadrado, palo de agua, spoons, almirez, shells and claps.
Nightmarer: Male voice, electric & acoustic guitar, fretless bass, keyboards/synths, programming, violin, accordion, wind chimes, claps and stomps.
Produced, recorded and mixed by Nightmarer at Fireflowers Studios from 2011 to 2016.
Mastered by Simon Da Silva at Empty Hall Studios.