“This is what it would sound like if Kate Bush were to genetically fuse with Danny Elfman and Dresden Dolls in some strange biological experiment.” The group is led by Crystal Bright with her educational background in Anthropology and Ethnomusicology and experiences playing in groups that varied from Mariachi and Ugandan to Chinese and Indonesian gamelan ensembles.
“Crystal Bright and the Silver Hands toe a fascinating line, making for either an uncommonly dignified circus sideshow or a melodramatic, gorgeous Eastern European street performance. Think Tori Amos with Tom Waits’ sense of humor, or maybe a Tim Burton film with the steampunk quotient maxed. Their recent Muses and Bones is immersive and beguiling, alternating between reckless klezmer and enormous gothic ballads.” – Corbie Hill, Independent Weekly
“…a pleasant kind of bonkers” – Fiona Talkington, BBC Radio 3
“Crystal Bright takes music history and her own impressive technique on various instruments and creates a dream-like (sometimes nightmarish) world that conjures and contorts the past more than it continues it. It’s got an old-time swing, elements of different strains of European folk, but it also has its own rollicking spectacle, and in the middle of it is the narcotic, dramatic air of Bright’s vocals. 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