Published on June 29th, 2020 | by Jerry Doby0
Platon Karatev Releases New Album ‘Atoms’
Back Story – Platon Karataev, named after a Leo Tolstoy character, was formed in 2016. The Budapest- based band released Orange Nights EP in October 2016. Their first single, ‘Elevator’ received huge attention, it was ranked no. 4 on Spotify’s German viral top50 playlist and it was among the tracks in the UK viral playlist, too. In 2017 their debut LP, For Her was released in three parts. The album not only received positive feedback from local critics but also brought along new international followers, which resulted in Platon Karataev becoming one of the most streamed Hungarian artists. Since 2017, For Her was streamed more than 4 million times on Spotify, mostly from the USA, the UK, and Germany. The band was selected as an INES#talent 2019. Within this programme, out of 3000 applicants, 100 emerging bands where chosen to perform at various European showcase festivals. Platon Karataev played at Zandari Festa, Liverpool Sound City, Reeperbahn, and Waves Vienna. In terms of local gigs, the band played at all major Hungarian festivals in summer 2019 (Sziget, VOLT, etc.) and also played a sold out gig at Budapest’s main venue, Akvárium (1300 capacity). The band is currently working on their second album, which will be released in 2020 and will be followed by the band’s third Europe tour.
About the Atoms LP the band says:
With this new material we have moved away from our softer, acoustic sounding first LP towards a more louder, more complex sound. ‘Atoms’ is about searching after our innermost self and also about questioning everything. Throughout the songs there is a sense of falling – either towards our self or away from it. Catharsis is a key idea in the album, something one experiences when approaching the inner self, the core. During the past two years we have experienced this encountering while writing the songs of this LP. The album itself reflects a sort of emptiness, focusing on states of abandonment and the sense of floating. It also resolves an anxiety stemming from questioning former values. A neverending wrestle with transcendent beings as we are all “splinters in God’s numb palm”.
Platon Karataev is a new discovery for me and the album Atoms is a cool mix of vibes and rhythms with the group delivering a great project all the way around…looking forward to more ~ JDTweet