The Moon and the Nightspirit - _Of Dreams Forgotten and Fables Untold_
(Equilibirum Music, 2005)
by: Pedro Azevedo (7.5 out of 10)
Looking for something tranquil and acoustic, yet different from most of what's out there? Then The Moon and the Nightspirit may well be worth looking into. Inspired by Pagan fables and ancient Hungarian folk music, this duo (plus a guest percussionist) delivers an enticing mixture on _Of Dreams Forgotten and Fables Untold_, held together by a variety of acoustic instruments. Female vocals take center stage with great aplomb, but never seem overwhelming. Meanwhile, a succession of instruments flows seamlessly in and out of the music: acoustic guitar, violin, various woodwind instruments and different kinds of drums. Piano is also sporadically used, although with less interesting results. Some of these elements give _ODFaFU_ a medieval feel, but nothing here seems exaggerated or cliché as is sometimes the case. The music flows nicely, remaining pleasant and sufficiently varied throughout while carrying different influences from what most listeners will be used to. While to my ears it lacks a more emotional feel, _ODFaFU_ nevertheless succeeds on different levels. Very nicely accomplished and rounded out, and definitely worth seeking out if the elements outlined in this review piqued your interest.


(article published 17/12/2005)

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