Exposé Online banner

An Danzza — The Claws of Dawn
((Not on label) no#, 2018, CD / DL)

by Jon Davis, Published 2019-04-17

The Claws of Dawn Cover art

In approaching this lovely new album, I revisited the review I wrote for its predecessor, Whispers of the Forest (2016). The fact that everything I said about it also applies to the newest album is maybe both good news and bad news. Good news in that this is another worthy effort, a beautiful entry into the pagan folk-rock canon and a meticulously produced set of well-written songs. Bad news in that I need to think of something to new to say so I’m not just repeating myself — but that’s my problem, and no fault of Andrés Campuzano, the man behind An Danzza. Once again, the majority of the vocals are from Haydée Mariñoso, and she cements her position as the perfect vessel for the music. Her voice is simply amazing, able to embody the spirit of the music and imbue it with just the right balance of emotion and technical precision. The instrumentation is mostly acoustic, with fiddles, oboe, bagpipes, and brass filling out the backing of acoustic guitars and percussion. Synthesizers are used subtly and kept in the background. The rhythmic parts don’t seem to involve a drum kit, but a variety of hand drums and shakers. Influences from around Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East meld into a seamless whole, as if a group of talented traveling musicians from around the world found themselves in an isolated location with nothing but their instruments to occupy their time. A variety of languages are represented in the lyrics, so the project could be described as polyglot both linguistically and musically. It’s all around fun, and I would recommend it to fans of all varieties of folk-rock, from Steeleye Span to Gjallarhorn, Blackmore’s Night, Amarok, and beyond.


Filed under: New releases, 2018 releases

Related artist(s): An Danzza

More info
http://store.cdbaby.com/cd/andanzza12

Latest news

2019-08-20
Alex's Hand Seeks Spa Treatment – American / European band Alex's Hand has a new album in the works called Hungarian Spa, which looks to be their biggest and best yet, featuring a large roster of guest musicians. They're seeking funding to take the project on the road, and are looking for help from the crowd of wisdom. » Read more

2019-06-05
Legendary Co-Founder of The 13th Floor Elevators Passes Away at Age 71 – Sadly, Roky Erickson passed away on May 31, 2019. Known as the father of psychedelic music and co-founder of the ground breaking 13th Floor Elevators, Roky had a profound influence on music from the 60s to today. Plagued by his own personal demons, Roky had a difficult life and is now free of these burdens. » Read more

2019-04-24
Help MoonJune Bring Great Music to Life – Like many music lovers around the world, we’ve been thrilled and amazed to hear the recordings that have been released by MoonJune from sessions at La Casa Murada in Spain. Such label stalwarts as Mark Wingfield, Markus Reuter, Asaf Sirkis, Tony Levin, Dusan Jevtovic, Vasil Hadzimanov, and many more have gathered in various combinations at the studio to produce some of the most creative music in recent years. Now, label head Leonardo Pavkovic is offering a compilation, La Casa Murada - MoonJune Sessions, Volume One, as a fundraiser for upcoming sessions. » Read more

2019-04-10
The Pineapple Thief to Tour North America – November and December of 2019 will see The Pineapple Thief bringing their music to Canada, Mexico, and the US, and famed drummer Gavin Harrison will be on board. The band has been touring extensively in Europe, but North America will be new territory for them. » Read more

2019-03-25
Scott Walker RIP – Noel Scott Engel, better known as Scott Walker, was one of the most intriguing and enigmatic musical figures in the second half of the 20th Century. His strange career started with The Walker Brothers, an American pop group that featured no one named Walker and no brothers. After moving to England in 1965, they had a series of hit singles. Scott's solo work started with Scott in 1967. Starting in the 80s, his work took an increasingly avant-garde turn. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Hamadryad - Safe in Conformity – Montreal-based outfit Hamadryad’s sophomore effort finds them consolidating the gains made with their widely-hailed 2001 debut, Conservation of Mass. The band faced a serious challenge with lead...  (2006) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues