After 12 long years ATFN made their resounding return earlier this year at RAMFEST in Pretoria, and followed it up with the release of an expertly put together mini-documentary that tugged on more than a few heartstrings over at TATC.
In that doccie, the original members (Paul Goia, Francois Lessing, Chris Schutte and Henk Lustig) detail why ATFN parted ways, while newer members (Wim Jansen Van Rensburg, Werner Olckers and Chani Brits) express their delight at being able to play a part in a band that shaped their musical consciousness.
Now, ahead of their much-anticipated album, Reverence, due out on December 6, the prog rock group have dropped a lyric video for single “Divine Contraption”, a song that pays tribute to the band’s close friend, and Paul Goia’s girlfriend, Marné Esson, who tragically passed away in 2018.
“Personally, the song is my dedication to my beautiful girlfriend who sadly lost the battle against a darkened mind. It is a testimony of love, hope and remembrance to a soul who only enriched our lives and will hopefully inspire those, suffering with depression to seek help in family, friends or professionals,” Goia candidly explains.
“This track to me is the first in the current ‘band energy’,” drummer Francois Lessing adds. “It is definitely up a notch in pretty much every department. There was a definiteness of intention, that seems to have engulfed the whole band when we started to work on it.”
It was after Esson passed away that Lessing reached out to Goia and suggested that they reform ATFN, and begin work on new music as a means of healing through familiar and positive musical connections. And thank god they did.
This is exactly the type of lyrically weighty and emotionally aware music that’s too few and far between on our scene.
Welcome back ATFN.
Proceeds from ATFN’s upcoming album sales will go to Marne’s mother’s foundation Sparrow’s Rescue Centre, a place of refuge and healing for people and animals, set up in Marne’s honour.