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progVisions is a progressive rock e-zine, published in English and made by an international group of members. Our objective is to become a centre of information that contributes to the knowledge, growth and development of progressive rock.

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The Moon and the Nightspirit -
Of Dreams Forgotten and Fables Untold - 2005


    

“To the Sons and Daughters of Mother Moon, the Wanderers of Dreams Untold”

The Moon and the Nightspirit is a musical project formed in 2003 by two seekers, Agnes Toth and Mihaly Szabo. It is a mystical journey into the amaranthine realm of dreams and beauty, long-forgotten by modern man. A journey inspired by pagan fables and ancient Hungarian folk music.

Agnes Toth - vocals, violin, woodwinds, piano; Mihaly Szabo - acoustic guitar, bass, woodwinds

Guest Musician:
Gabor Vegh - percussions

This is the first progVisions review of a release on Equilibrium Music, a Portuguese record label. Equilibrium Music was raised with the intent of providing a breeding ground for Darkwave, Neo-Classical, Medieval, Dark Folk, Ambient music and related genres in Portugal. This is already the eight release on the label. It is the debut album of two Hungarian musicians (Agnes Toth and Mihaly Szabo) who for this musical project operate under the name The Moon and the Nightspirit. They are inspired by Pagan fables and Hungarian folk music.

First of the nine tracks is a song called “Egi Táltos” and is one of the the two tracks with Hungarian lyrics. All the other lyrics are sung in English. After an intro of mysteriously synth sounds the acoustic guitars, percussion, violin and woodwinds brings you back to Medieval times. The beautiful voice of Agnes Toth brings ethereal tones to the Medieval music that is influenced by Hungarian Folk music. “Lullaby (The final gyre of suns)” is a beautiful dreamy piece with heavenly vocals on top of a bed of acoustic guitars and delicate percussion. “Beloved enchantress” has a lot of rhythm and reminds me somehow of the work of Loreena McKennitt. “The secret path” is one of my favorite tracks. This delicate and sad track has beautiful violin parts and vocals that reminds of Anneli M. Drecker of Bel Canto at the time of Bel Canto’s album “Shimmering, warm & bright”. The music of The Moon and the Nightspirit reflects a lot of beauty. The slow “In gardens of worlds undreamt” brings again the name of Loreena McKennitt to my mind. “Holdanyánk” has nice folky rhythms. “Echo of Atlantis” opens with delicate piano chords and again the ethereal voice of Agnes. This track is unbelievable beautiful. Then the medieval folk rhythms are returning in “Pagan”. The singing technique of Agnes reminds me again of Anneli M. Drecker. The title track “Of dreams forgotten and fables untold” closes this beautiful album. Everything you can find on this album is here in this track. Classical guitar, Violin, Woodwinds, Medieval percussion and the heavenly voice of Agnes.

The Moon and the Nightspirit surprised me with this album full of pure beauty. You can dream away on this delicate music. You will go back to Medieval times. This delicate folk music has an ethereal tone. If you like the singing of Anneli M. Drecker on “Shimmering, warm & bright” and would like to hear such a beautiful voice in a complete different setting, or if you like the work of Loreena Mckennitt, you have to try this album. I'm sure you will like it. And for myself; I can't resist such beauty. The only thing that I don't like about this album is the short running time (38 minutes). But on the other hand there are no mediocre tracks on this album. Check out the mp3 samples that you can find on the reviews page.

Douwe Fledderus - November 2005
rating - Equilibrium Music

 

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