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Tètèma was created as a duo project between Anthony Pateras, an Australian Composer, and Mike Patton, Faith No More frontman. The story of the band’s coming together is actually quite interesting. Geocidal has been in the makings since 2009. Pateras’ desire to be more in tune with rhythm and sound led him to a convent in rural France where he locked himself in for 10 days.

The rest is history as Pateras reunited with Tetema in San Francisco and the duo finalized the album within 48 hours. As a result, all the songs on the album are said to be very different as the group worked hard to push their boundaries and record each track in a unique way. Each track was created live with no sampling or sequencing involved.

Pateras spoke more about the album, “The interesting thing about the record is that every element is recorded in a different country, and this gives the sound a displaced, almost vaporous intensity. I moved country twice during its genesis as well… the whole Geocidal thing is about coming from no place, re-birthing, watching the place you are from be altered beyond recognition that you have nothing to do with it anymore.”

Tetema’s new song “Tenz” follows suit as there is wide variation of sound occurring within the track. According to The Quiets, “Patton’s incantatory vocals surface and we skirt through jazzy touches and gentle inflections of contrabass recorder (one of many orchestral instruments that feature on the album) and synth, culminating in a full-on, howled assault”. 


Tetema, the new project between Faith No More's Mike Patton and Anthony Pateras, didn't give up any new music when they first announced their Geocidal debut in September. With the album just a couple weeks away from its December 9 due date through Ipecac Recordings, the project has unfurled a kaleidoscopic arrangement of visuals behind "Tenz."

Directed by Sabina Maselli, the video was first shot digitally, then transferred to 16mm film, and then transferred back to digital. The procedure lends an ethereal, washed-out quality to the shots, whether of fragile outdoor scenes or the frantic blur that hovers between a circle of friends. The vaseline-slathered images pair nicely with the track's bossa nova beat, harp sounds and delicately finger-picked guitars.

You'll see the colourful collusion of sound and vision above.
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