Istentales: The Sardinian Band That Blends Folk and Rock
If you are looking for a unique musical experience that combines the traditional sounds of Sardinia with modern rock and pop influences, you should check out Istentales. This band has been active since 1995 and has released several albums that showcase their talent and creativity. In this article, we will explore their discography, their history, and their latest work.
Who are Istentales
Istentales is a Sardinian ethnic pop-rock band that was formed in Nuoro, a city in the central part of the island. The name of the band comes from one of the most important constellations in the Northern Hemisphere, Orion, which is also known as Istentale in Sardinian. This constellation is a symbol of the ancient culture and identity of the Sardinian people, especially the shepherds and farmers who used it to orient themselves. [^1^]
The band consists of four members: Gigi Sanna (lead vocals and guitars), Sandro Canova (bass and backing vocals), Luciano Pigliari (keyboards), and Luca Floris (drums). They have also collaborated with other artists, such as Pierangelo Bertoli, Danilo Sacco, Maria Luisa Congiu, Elio from de Le Storie Tese, and Modena City Ramblers. [^2^] [^3^]
What is their music style
Istentales' music style is a fusion of folk and rock, with elements of ethnic music, pop, and blues. They use both acoustic and electric instruments, as well as traditional Sardinian instruments such as launeddas (a type of reed pipe), accordion, and guitar. They sing mostly in Sardinian language, but also in Italian and English. Their lyrics are inspired by the history, the legends, the social issues, and the everyday life of their land.
Some of their most famous songs are \"Pro unu frore\" (For a Flower), a tribute to Matteo Boe, a young boy who was killed by a stray bullet in 2003; \"Promisas\" (Promises), a duet with Pierangelo Bertoli that denounces the broken promises of politicians; \"Notte e Luna\" (Night and Moon), a romantic ballad with Danilo Sacco; \"Lumeras\" (Lights), a song about hope and solidarity with Maria Luisa Congiu; \"O Sardigna\" (Oh Sardinia), a hymn to their homeland with Elio from de Le Storie Tese; and \"Sciopero\" (Strike), a protest song with Modena City Ramblers.
What are their albums
Istentales have released 12 studio albums so far, as well as some live albums and singles. Here is their complete discography:
1995 - Istentales
1996 - Naralu Tue
1997 - Istentales sempre con voi
2000 - Amsicora
2002 - Deo no isco
2004 - Annos
2005 - Juan Peron Piras due nomi una persona (live)
2005 - Due in uno... (collida de sos primos duos album)
2006 - Animu
2007 - Su Mezus (CD-DVD)
2008 - Dae sa die...a sa notte
2020 - Tra il Sacro e Il Profano
2022 - Homines
Their latest album, Homines, was released in 2022 and features some of their most successful collaborations. It also includes some new songs that reflect their musical evolution and their social commitment. The album is available on streaming platforms such as Qobuz, where you can listen to it in high-resolution quality.