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Crystal Bright & the Silver Hands (Greensboro, N.C.)
The word “carnivalesque” pops up in the bio of eclectic, eccentric troupe Crystal Bright & the Silver Hands and it’s probably the best way to describe the six-piece band’s wonderfully diverse, buoyant and sometimes spooky sound. Bright traveled the world growing up and has a natural curiosity about other cultures and musical forms, resulting in the international flavor of her songs with the Silver Hands; Bright plays everything from piano and concertina to Ugandan harp and Taiko drum. Fittingly, the band’s second album, Muses and Bones, has received airplay and praise from across the world.
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“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. It’s 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)