Hailing from Andorra, Nami have returned with “The Eternal Light of the Unconscious Mind,” their sweeping sophomore album and follow up to 2011’s critically acclaimed "Fragile Alignments." “Fragile Alignments” went on to land on several magazine and webzine year end top ten lists as Nami was picked up by three separate labels (Year of the Sun (Canada/USA), Kaiowas (Spain) and Season of Mist/Klonosphere (France)), an uncommon feat for an independent band releasing their first album. In 2012, Nami toured across Spain and France while playing the European festival circuit alongside acts such as Marilyn Manson, In Flames, Opeth, and Katatonia. The band was also featured in various international rock publications such as Metal Hammer (UK), Loud! (Portugal), Rockzone (Spain) and Rock Hard (France) to name a few.
At the end of 2012, Nami returned to Andorra to begin writing the follow up to their successful debut. What resulted was “The Eternal Light of the Unconscious Mind,” a collection of rich musical layering and inspiring visions. It’s surprisingly more progressive without losing the deep metallic punch that weaves through their more melodic overtures. From the epic opening of “The Beholders” to the rock crunch of the album’s closer “The Dream Eater,” Nami displays their uncanny ability to split apart metal’s common elements and reassemble them into a new creation. This is an album emboldened by both a sense of clear purpose and propelling movement. An album independent of Nami’s post-rock beginnings while at the same time avoiding the common perils of progressive indulgence.
“When you hear and see Nami, you’re listening to something new being built and not just a copy of something that’s already been standing for a number of years,” states Year of the Sun label head C.F. Benner. “Nami isn’t some fashion-core band. They’re a band that’s always striving to develop their own sound. As a record label owner, and more importantly as a music fan, I heard things on this new record that I’ve never heard before and that’s beyond exciting.” It’s a sentiment shared by legendary producer Jens Bogren (Opeth, Katatonia, Devin Townsend), who again handles the mixing and mastering duties for Nami’s second album. “When I first heard Nami, I was blown away by the strength and maturity from this young act,” states Bogren. “This new album beats the previous one, which is still the best hidden secret of 2011.”
Much like its predecessor, “The Eternal Light of the Unconscious Mind” revolves around a central theme however, this time the concept focusses on the advancement of dreams through our conscious and unconscious states. “With “Fragile Alignments” it is was really different,” explains singer Roger Andreu. “We wanted to become our own storytellers and each one of these songs is based on a dream that one of us had. We really wanted to open up to everyone about what we were thinking, our fears, our wishes, our regrets. We knew that the only way we could grow was to be more personal and I think we accomplished that with this record.”
Featuring guest performances from Loïc Rossetti from The Ocean and Carlos Lozano and Marc Martins of the band Persefone and it’s easy to hear how Nami have produced their finest work to date. “The Eternal Light of the Unconscious Mind” is an album that has been slowly dispersed into the wind, creeping across the countryside, soon to be knocking at your door.
Roger Andreu – Vocals
Ivan Marín- Guitars
Filipe Baldaia – Guitars
Ricard Tolosa – Bass
Sergi 'Bobby' Verdeguer – Drums