Exposé Online banner

An Danzza — Whispers of the Forest
((Not on label) no#, 2016, CD)

by Jon Davis, Published 2016-08-29

Whispers of the Forest Cover art

Andrés Campuzano has been developing his An Danzza project for quite a few years now — the first album, Last Autumn Tears, dates from 2010, and there have been three other releases previous to this one. But Whispers of the Forest is the first one I’ve heard, so I can’t make any comparisons. An Danzza takes the concept of Blackmore’s Night, adding rock elements to medieval and folk music with a strong female vocalist, and takes it in a somewhat different direction. You could even say directions: this is further from mainstream popular rock, with aspects of symphonic progressive rock; there are also some Arabic flavors added, somewhat reminiscent of Amarok; sometimes the atmospheric synthesizers and prominent percussion bring in a touch of Dead Can Dance. Wind instruments feature prominently in the arrangements, usually recorders, but also oboe, flute, and bagpipes. Throw in an occasional didgeridu, pan pipes, violin, cello, and recordings from nature, and you’ve got a heady mix. I can take or leave the fantasy and pagan themes, but the music is very well done. But there’s more to An Danzza than imaginative instrumental work — singer Haydée Mariñoso (a veteran of Gothic metal bands) provides a strong presence, with emotive delivery and precise enunciation, her English pronunciation slightly accented (not all of the lyrics are in English, however). Her range is impressive as well, with some lovely flights up into upper soprano territory. My only criticism of the album would be that it’s almost too pretty, and a bit on the over-earnest side, but I have to admit there’s a place for such beauty in this world. And luckily the serious-sounding sections are balanced by some jig-like sections of sprightly melodies and bouncy rhythms. Whispers of the Forest has a lot going for it, providing an appealing combination of sounds and a lovely voice to lead it all.


Filed under: New releases, 2016 releases

Related artist(s): An Danzza

More info
http://store.cdbaby.com/cd/andanzza10

Latest news

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

2019-03-20
Freedom to Spend Unearths June Chikuma's Archives – Jun (June) Chikuma is well known for her video game and anime soundtracks, but she also released an album of experimental electronic music back in 1986 called Divertimento where she indulged the kind of spontaneity that wouldn't work in a soundtrack. RVNG Int'l label Freedom to Spend is bringing this overlooked item to broader attention with a deluxe reissue. » Read more

2019-03-03
Seaprog 2019 Lineup Almost Complete – The Seaprog festival in Seattle is scheduled for June 7-9 this year, and they've announced their lineup of performers. The revitalized Trettioåriga Kriget will cap Friday night, perennial favorites Marbin are on Saturday, and District 97 will finish off the fest on Sunday night. In support, they've booked a stellar variety of artists from the Northwest and around the world, including EchoTest, Markus Reuter and Trey Gunn, and the live debut of the amazing Troot project. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Bondage Fruit - Bondage Fruit – Bondage Fruit were formed in 1989, and have finally released their first CD. Leader Natsuki Kido is also a member of P.O.N. (and other groups unknown outside Japan). Like other bandleaders he employs...  (1996) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues