Album Review: Osforras by The Moon and the Nightspirit


Album Name: Osforras
Artist: The Moon and the Nightspirit
Year/Label: 2009 / Equilibrium Music

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Review by Anna Maria Stjärnell

I’ve reviewed the Moon and the Nightspirit in the past, and am pleased that their new album is just as good as their previous ones. Singer Agnes has a glorious voice and her partner Mihaly backs her up well. She plays a multitude of instruments as well and the bands sound is multi layered and rich.

Ég Felé sees the pair singing in unison to a dark, rhythmic backing that should stir woodland creatures great and small.

The title song is gorgeously dark and has some heavenly singing by Agnes. I wish I could understand what she was singing, but it sounds fantastically lovely and slightly scary.

Bensö Patak is another heart-stoppingly gorgeous moment, no doubt steeped in Hungarian folk tradition. Agnes and Mihaly sing it with great intensity and play like people possessed.

Alkonyvarázs features a gorgeous lead vocal and some impressive playing by all concerned. As ever it seems the spirit of the woods is with them.

It’s an intriguing and addictive album. The front cover and interior art was drawn by Agnes, who also has done artwork for the band’s other records.

Track Listing
1. Álomidö
2. Ég Felé
3. Ösforrás
4. Fénybe Térö
5. Bensö Patak
6. Tüzben Születö
7. Alkonyvarázs
8. Hétvilág
9. Földanya Sóhaja
10. Csillag-Ös (exclusive bonus track)

[The Moon and the Nightspirit Official Site]

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