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Night and Day, two opposites of the same conversation; both are illuminated and bathed by whichever radiance comes through first and is shaped by the one that loves it most. For Saskia Griffiths-Moore and her latest album, it is the influential nature of the acoustic fused with pop and folk which carries the songs through the 24 hours, the charm of the rise and fall of both the muse of the moon and the blessing of the sun.
Night and Day we wonder if we have lived the life we were meant to or have we stumbled across a routine which has denied us pleasure at all costs, that we ignore the rain only in search of heat and warmth and yet miss the raging unequalled beauty in a thunderstorm. For Saskia Night and Day is a set of songs that go hand in hand with each other, never losing sight of a truth that with each moment of glory, one must suffer the introspection of loss.
The feeling of the drive of the songs is palpable, it is the effect of clear musical physicality and plain appreciation of the notes put down by the fellow musicians, a conspicuous and obvious love that has been released with tenderness and great thought.
Numbers such as Write Me A Song, the album title track Night and Day, the excellent Joy of Defeat and the beguiling, almost hypnotic finale of Wild Mountain Time all keep the album in the realm of the shadow hiding in the light, the positive allusions to which we strive for, regardless of what Blues are sent our way, are there in detail, softly sung but with the iron clad fist of feminine directness and strength with her as a soldier on the journey.
Night and Day is just that, a two sided emotional conversation that understands that without cooperation, there cannot be the chance to appreciate the other side’s point of view; it is a conversation carried out with diligence by Saskia, one that proves you should never stop doing what you love regardless of the way it is pursued.
Ian D. Hall