With a near operatic sweep and the grandeur of Florence and the Machine, Crystal Bright and the Silver Hands’ “Fall of the Seraph” is a dramatic number that proves a powerful portent to the North Carolina group’s upcoming full-length, The Absolute Elsewhere. On its Bandcamp page, the group describes itself thusly: “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.” Given Bright’s incredibly powerful vocals, the Bush comparison isn’t far off, and overall the melange of artists mentioned in that quotation is a fair representation of the stylistic diversity the band purveys in. Bright herself is an anthropologist and an ethnomusicologist, which no doubt colors the creative songwriting of her and the Silver Hands.
“Fall of the Seraph”, like the rest of the music on The Absolute Elsewhere, drew heavily from the inspiring work of a certain photographer. For more on this, stream the track below and read Bright’s explanation for its genesis.