Ciccada is one of the most talented and promising bands in Greece right now. (In my opinion at least).
I discovered them a few years ago, when they released their first album 'A Child in the Mirror'. While I was listening to that album I was surprised by their rather unique sound (for the Greek standards at least), which combines many different elements such as Folk, Jazz and Progressive Rock, just to name a few.
A couple of months ago, Ciccada released their second album 'The Finest of Moments', which is better than their first one in everything. Better compositions, more "mature" sound, and a lot of guest musicians playing a huge variety of instruments such as saxophone, mellotron, cello, clarinet, trombone and many others.
The combination of all those different instruments give their sound a beautiful and dreamy ‘color’ in my opinion.
The album, includes 10 tracks and has a total running time of almost 45 minutes. There are 3 small tracks included, which can be characterized as "passages" between songs, and they are under 2.00 minutes long. All the rest are between 3.00 and 9.00 minutes in length.
The album's opening track is the dreamy instrumental 'A Night Ride' having as leading instruments the keyboards and the violin at the start, but more instruments are added later on, such as the flute and guitar. Definitely one of the best songs on the album..
With the second track 'Eternal' the band is presenting to the listeners their female singer Evangelia Kozoni, with the soft and beautiful voice.
Ciccada’s influences must be bands like: Gentle Giant, Jethro Tull, Camel, etc, but you can't say that they are a "copy" of those bands. They have some elements from those bands in their music yes, but they are combined in such a way that the final outcome sounds very personal.
‘The Finest of Moments’ has been released on Cd and MP3 version so far, but very soon will be released on vinyl as well. Speaking for myself, I got the MP3 version only, but I already pre-ordered the vinyl one.
I strongly recommend the album to those who can enjoy and appreciate an album with "dreamy" passages, beautiful melodies, and in many occasions complex compositions.
If I had to rate it, I would give 4.00 out of 5.00 stars.