The Moon and the Nightspirit
|Years active||2003 – present|
The Moon and the Nightspirit is a Hungarian folk music duo founded in 2003 by Ágnes Tóth and Mihály Szabó. Their songs deal mostly with pagan fairy tales and shamanism.
The lyrics of their debut album Of Dreams Forgotten and Fables Untold were mostly held in English while it also featured two titles in Hungarian language. The softly melancholic album has been compared to the music of Ataraxia and Chandeen.Live performances with songs from the album included an appearance on Hungarian National Television.
The second album Regő Rejtem (lit.: I conjure Magic) was released in 2007 and is completely sung in Hungarian.During the supporting tour through much of Europe The Moon and the Nightspirit played on festivals such as Wave-Gotik-Treffen (Germany) and Castle Party (Poland).
In 2009 the band released their third album Ősforrás, a more facetted work that focuses on the "wise elder" and natural mysticism.It has been compared to the Pagan folk of Omnia but was said to be more transparent for the listener. The Side-Line magazine called it the band's most diversified and accomplished album so far.
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