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Night On Earth: Second Hand

Greek eight piece Night On Earth cite a multitude of influences that include Portishead, Bjork, Kyuss and Tom Waits and certainly with Second Hand they have presented an album that switches between a diverse range of styles and moods. With live shows accompanied by visuals, short films and performance this is very much what I would describe as performance art as opposed to a band in the traditional sense of the word. Shorn of the visuals the album still holds up reasonably well with a high emphasis on improvisation that takes in heart-rendering melancholia of "Lafyra" (which builds to a sweeping crescendo) to the freeform trippy jazz of "Crocus" and "Dawn". Vocalist Sophia really shines throughout and at times evoke the qualities you would associate with someone like Nina Simone; immaculate, focused, ambient and passionate.

Melodramatic, mellow and laid back this is a very much a late night album that could be used to provide an effective soundtrack to an old black and white movie.


Track Listing
01.Glwsses Tou Kampou
02.Lafyra
03.Nightshift
04.Crocus
05.Tou Aswtou
06.Atman
07.Dawn
08.Prisons
09.Gliding
10.Within The Fire
11.Vesper

Added: October 5th 2009
Reviewer: Dean Pedley
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Related Link: Band MySpace
Hits: 1520
Language: english

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