Crystal Bright & the Silver Hands
2013 was a busy year for Crystal Bright & the Silver Hands, with over 150 shows from Canada to Austin, TX and New Orleans to Chicago in support of the latest release, "Muses and Bones." Bright is rising through the ranks quickly through performances at well-regarded festivals in 2013, including SXSW, Savannah Stopover, FloydFest, DragonCon, Midpoint Music Fest in Cincinnati, and others.
The group has an eclectic, haunting but yet whimsical, carnivalesque world folk sound, dubbed "kaleidophrenic cabaret". Singer/Songwriter Crystal Bright plays accordion, musical saw, concertina, piano, Taiko drum, adungu (Ugandan harp), and various others, leaving people captivated with her operatic & soulful vocals and virtuoso command of her exotic instruments.
The latest album has received press and glowing reviews in the US & Europe, as well as radio airplay in the US, UK, & Canada, including NPR and BBC appearances.
RIYL: Kate Bush, Dresden Dolls, Beirut, Tom Waits, Siouxsie & the Banshees, Decemberists, Danny Elfman/Tim Burton, Yann Tiersen, folktales, ethnomusicology, musical saws, accordions.
Polished, breathtaking group with international influences." -Performer Magazine (Feb 29, 2012)
"The playing is majestic, the atmospheres convincing and compelling and the overall sound is simply marvellous. A splendid release. It's hard to believe she's unsigned." -Americana UK (April 17, 2012)
"...a pleasant kind of bonkers" - BBC Radio 3
"The entire record is an impressive display of musical acumen, striking melodies, and impressive performance. Performance is the word, because Bright is a performer in the truest sense of the word. " -Pop Matters
"Muses and Bones is an ethereal collection with a chilly sparseness and an unusual mix of styles, from gypsy folk and carnival-esque blues to the kind of gothy pop both Siouxsie Sioux and Adele Adkins might dig." -Charleston City Paper (Feb 18, 2012)
"Pigeonholing Crystal Bright and the Silver Hands new disc, Muses and Bones, is tough. Her ethereal, intense vocal quality is enough to carry the album for any listener. Its incredibly good..." -Consequence of Sound (April 10, 2012)
Muses and Bones is possibly the most musically accomplished album by an unsigned group that this reviewer has ever heard. The album descends in tone from a whimsical peak of twee musicalism into a gorgeously dark arena of sweeping chords, building motifs and consummate musicianship throughout. Recommended. -Trebuchet Magazine (UK)