Your Hand In Mine
Your Hand In Mine


3.5
great

Review

by Voivod STAFF
December 26th, 2011 | 12 replies


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A mind journey to neverland.

Your Hand In Mine are a two-piece act from Thessaloniki, Hellas, formed in 2006 by two friends and multi-instrumentalists, Manos (wurlitzer piano, melodica, toy piano, ukulele, accordion, programming) and George (toy synth, mandolin, glockenspiel, zither, custom rhythms). The band came into existence due to the members’ mutual interest in European folk/soundtrack music and in discovering/implementing rare acoustic instruments (most frequently of children or toy size), whereas they construct their own too. Besides being fairly fond of acoustic instruments and synthesizers, they are dedicated collectors of weird sound producing machines. Soon after their foundation, they recorded their first musical improvisations for their eponymous EP, limited in 100 handmade copies, which were quickly absorbed from the inner circles of the indie/post-rock underground of Thessaloniki and Athens, for the most part.

No wonder really as to why this has occurred. The music in Your Hand In Mine EP could legitimately be a successful soundtrack for a short film, in which humor and melancholy coexist in the plot. The combination of awkward custom instrumentation (especially in the development/realization of the minimal rhythmical background, which might bring in mind traditional Japanese music) and conventional toy-sized accordion, piano and synthesizers, succeeds in transmitting a comfortable feeling, which balances equally between joy and grief (χαρμολύπη). The sole flaw of the EP is that it lasts only for 4 songs and fifteen minutes, however, its temporal length is more than enough for waltzing its listeners to the neverlands of their childhood, regardless of their actual age. Your Hand In Mine EP offers a shortcut to the long lost childhood innocence, in which all of us used to soak in back in the day, be sure not to miss it in time to come.



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Voivod
Staff Reviewer
December 26th 2011


6273 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This has been playing in my CD player the last few days.


Merry Christmas everybody!



Constructive criticism is most welcome.

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Ignimbrite
December 26th 2011


5460 Comments


does this have anything to do with EITS?

anyways, good review. I might check this out.

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Voivod
Staff Reviewer
December 26th 2011


6273 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

idk, EITS is a band?



Spec
December 26th 2011


27269 Comments


in it for the fucking riffs

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iFghtffyrdmns
December 26th 2011


7047 Comments


that first sentence and the instrument descriptions make this out to be mega wacky/awesome.... might have to actually check it who knows.

nice little write up voivod

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
December 26th 2011


6273 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks man.

This is really relaxing.

Yazz_Flute
December 26th 2011


18847 Comments


EITS = Explosions in the Sky

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Voivod
Staff Reviewer
December 26th 2011


6273 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Your Hand In Mine cite Explosions In The Sky as one of their influences in general, however their sound is not post-rock.

North0House2
December 26th 2011


5880 Comments


"Your Hand In Mine cite Explosions In The Sky as one of their influences in general, however their sound is not post-rock."

But, the band name has to come from EITS's song by the same title. I'll bet that's the case. I might check this out, though I've never been one to listen to anything new that has a rating of less than 4 ( I don't know why.)

North0House2
December 26th 2011


5880 Comments


Sorry, double post. Forums freaked out on me.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
December 26th 2011


6273 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

@ North0House2

Indeed, they took their name out of a EITS song.

They used to be part of a local post rock band, before they go and make this one.

North0House2
December 27th 2011


5880 Comments


Ah gotcha, cool. It was just a guess



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