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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
05.Tou Aswtou
10.Within The Fire

Added: October 5th 2009
Reviewer: Dean Pedley
Related Link: Band MySpace
Hits: 1639
Language: english

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