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4.14 | 156 ratings | 7 reviews | 32% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2021

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Eniania (Keepers of the Midnight Harvest) (7:25)
2. Open Wings (5:28)
3. The Old Man and the Butterfly (7:52)
4. No Man's Land (8:40)
5. Who's to Decide? (4:40)
6. Queen of Wishes (12:39)

Total Time 46:44

Line-up / Musicians

- Dimi Spela / vocals
- Evangelia Kozoni / vocals
- Aggelos Malisovas / fretted & fretless basses
- Yiannis Iliakis / drums, percussion, backing vocals
- Yorgos Mouhos / 6- & 12-string acoustic guitars, electric guitar, vocals
- Marietta Tsakmakli / soprano, alto & baritone saxophones, backing vocals
- Nicolas Nikolopoulos / flute, clarinet, tenor & baritone saxophones, recorder, piano, electric piano, organ, Mellotron, synthesizers, harpsichord, clavinet, glockenspiel, backing vocals

Releases information

Cover: Pablo Solari
Label: Bad Elephant
Format: Vinyl, CD, Digital
April 23, 2021

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CICCADA Harvest ratings distribution

(156 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(32%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(39%)
Good, but non-essential (21%)
Collectors/fans only (6%)
Poor. Only for completionists (1%)

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Review by Rivertree
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator / Band Submissions
4 stars This band is hailing from Greece, known for delivering a sophisticated blend of folk, psychedelia and art rock since some time. Their albums all were released with a lapse of five years approximately. That means space enough to accurately prepare the ground in every case. 'Harvest' appears as their third one, this time distributed through the acclaimed Bad Elephant Music label. It is quite usual, a rather extensive staff is listed in the liner notes, where the band constants right from the beginning are Yorgos Mouhos (guitars) and multi-instrumentalist Nicolas Nikolopoulos. Both are also responsible for the compositions and arrangements. And not to forget Evangelia Kozoni of course. She is providing her mellow folk tinged singing (and reciting) voice with bravura again. On this occasion within a duo quasi, also having second female lead vocalist Dimi Spela on her side.

According to the album title, the cover image so much the more, one can say they have successfully reaped and sorted the products of their recent recording sessions. Well, the result is tasty, versatile and definitely healthy. Balm for the soul. Besides the well-appointed vocals, what also strikes everywhere throughout is the great organ and guitar interplay. Eh, do I hear a flute or the mighty Mellotron actually? They are opting for a very nice and warm entry into the album, immediately offering a typical trademark. Folk, Jazz and Art rock elements perfectly blended together, based on charming melodies all over. Where the very present flute arrangements sometimes are sounding like a well thought out duet of British (Tull) and native Greek inspiration. Terrific!

The Old Man And The Butterfly partially resembles US psych folk bands from the 1970s, let's say 'Jefferson Airplane' or 'It's A Beautiful Day' for example. This way more tricky, multi-varianted though. Swirling instruments, especially flute, saxophone respectively clarinet, Who's To Decide sounds like joy of living set into music, just imagine people dancing all around with feeling of happiness. Queen Of Wishes comes last, the definite album highlight. Mellow and heavy rocking sections are flowing in peaceful coexistence. The more perfect the arrangements, the more there is to harvest, simple as that. A pleasant listen in its entirety. I am very delighted with CICCADA's new piece of work.

Review by BrufordFreak
COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
5 stars An amazing band, Prog Folk or not!

Another long span of time passes since the band's sophomore album (which was released five years after their 2010 debut), yet here they are, with a sound and maturity (and comfort or ease) and intimate sound better than ever!

1. "Eniania (Keepers of the Midnight Harvest)" (7:25) folk electric guitar with Mellotron flute--which is so interesting knowing what a FINE flute player they have in Nicolas Nikolopoulos). I love the whole-band choral entrance over the guitar--it sounds so pagan! Gorgeous! The band then flips on the instrumental switch in between the first two choral passages. At 3:15 the guitarist doubles the speed of his arpeggiated lines as a jazzy support ensemble kick into a sax and flute-led section. A minute later the lead instruments switch to jazz electric guitar, organ, and synth, then they trade back to the flute and saxes for the sixth minute before turning quite cinematic. The whole-band weave over the final two minutes is nothing less than astonishing--so much to listen to--all so idiosyncratic and worthy of individual attention. The final minute sees the main choral theme carried forward by recorders and organ over a militaristic style distant snare drumming. Wow! What an opener! We have really missed you, Ciccada! (13.75/15)

2. "Open Wings" (5:28) pure Ciccada Prog Folk in the JTull tradition. The lead vocals are much smoother, less operatic (Dimi's work?) and the production a little more modern (a little tighter, more intimate to the listener). Awesome guitar work--on many instruments--by Yorgos Mouhos. A wonderfully engineered, many-layered and intricately-woven construct. (9/10)

3. "The Old Man and the Butterfly" (7:52) a little heavier prog here, still folkie, but with Yorgos taking the lead vocal! Perhaps more reminiscent of early Prog Folk rockers like SPIROGYRA or even Samla Mammas Manna (in sound, not humor and quirk)--and even some of the more flower-power happy Canterbury artists (like KHAN or today's MAGIC BUS). A non-instrumental song by Ciccada that is not led by Evangelia's voice: something I never imagined! But it's great! A top three song, to be sure!(14/15)

4. "No Man's Land" (8:40) a return to the more-British school of Prog Folk--a little JTull, a little STRAWBS, even a little Pink Floyd and Renaissance--before Evangelia enters with her immaculate, uncorrupt voice. Again, I wish to point out the incredible detail and compositional skill that this band puts into each and every instrumental line of their very complex weaves; it's like watching the Bruges masters of tapestry at work! No line is rote or lame, all functioning to give more life to the whole. And a totally fresh sound and style for Ciccada to explore--and they do it so well! A top three song for me. (18.75/20)

5. "Who's to Decide?" (4:40) more jazz-tinged (though definitely still very much shaped by their regional and, probably, local influences), this song has a lot of similarities to some of the more dark, psychedelic musics of the RPI masterpieces from the early 1970s. As well-performed and composed as the previous songs but just not my cup of tea (as BIGLIETTO PER L'INFERNO, OSANNA, MUSEO ROSENBACH, and even some LE ORME and BANCO are not to my tastes). (8.5/10)

6. "Queen of Wishes" (12:39) This one seems to have more foundations in classically-influence folk traditions, with lots of hard lines in transitions despite the exploration of some wonderfully diverse and dynamic range. This is a song that I grew to love more with my third and fourth listens. Such an unique and eclectic expression of old prog styles: I hear tinges of Anthony Phillips, Gryphon, England, Genesis, Renaissance, Mike Oldfield, early Gentle Giant, Goblin, Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso, and yet it's all fresh, all perfect. The only place it might have some minor deficiencies is in the melody department. My final top three song. (24/25)

Total Time 46:44

A/five stars; a certifiable masterpiece of sophisticated Prog Folk and definitely an album that keeps giving every time you listen to it--and will, I'm sure, keep giving for years to come. Methinks we are very privileged to be able to hear their work--and to have it preserved for all-time in these recorded albums.

Review by kev rowland
5 stars There is just no way that this can be the third album from a Greek band, as surely this is a long-lost British act from the early/mid Seventies. I mean, the obvious reference points straight out of the hat are Gryphon and Gentle Giant, they don't get more British than that, with some elements of Renaissance, Tull, Hatfield, but never a whiff of Vangelis or Aphrodite's Child! I just made a quick check over to ProgArchives to see what the most highly rated Greek progressive album of all time is, and I was somewhat surprised to see that it is actually this one! I really thought it would be '666', but rather aptly that is currently at #6 on the list. Ciccada are Dimi Spela (vocals), Evangelia Kozoni (vocals), Yorgos Mouhos (6- and 12- string acoustic guitars, electric guitar, vocals), Nicolas Nikolopoulos (flute, clarinet, tenor & baritone saxophones, recorder, piano, electric piano, organ, Mellotron, synthesisers, harpsichord, Clavinet, glockenspiel, backing vocals), Marietta Tsakmakli (soprano, alto and baritone saxophones, backing vocals), Aggelos Malisovas (fretted and fretless basses), and Yiannis Iliakis (drums, percussion, backing vocals). I guess they either use backing tracks or bring in additional performers when they play live, as there is no way Nikolopoulos can do all that is being asked of him, as this is multi-layered, and he is often providing multiple instruments at the same time.

There is just so much going on here, with complex arrangements, yet at times the music also feels quite gentle with plenty of folk elements also being included. They also mix the vocals, using male when the time is right, which gives a different feeling to the music, yet it is the classic sounds from the keyboards combined with the multiple elements of woodwind and brass which makes this stand out. It really is as if Gryphon have been reincarnated, and part of me really wishes they had brought out the crumhorns. There is a huge depth and breadth to this music, and it reminds me so much of why I started listening to this style of music more than 40 years ago as there is just so much going on, combing musicality with versatility and melody to create something that is both enjoyable and awe inspiring all in one go.

I have always been a huge fan of David Elliott and the work he does with Bad Elephant Records, but to my ears this is his most indispensable release yet.

Latest members reviews

5 stars Marble halls and Jaws! If you ever happen to find yourself beetling around the back streets of ancient Athens, then you may just run into this fine band of merry minstrels. Ciccada are one of the heaviest Prog-Folk bands you're ever likely to hear this side of the Peloponnesian peninsula. Their ... (read more)

Report this review (#2940294) | Posted by Psychedelic Paul | Saturday, July 15, 2023 | Review Permanlink

3 stars "Retro-prog" does not necessarily need to be a negative term. It usually is, and I most often deploy it when describing unoriginal Yes and Genesis clones. But there are acts who manage to successfully evoke certain elements of the first wave of progressive rock without being derivative. The most enj ... (read more)

Report this review (#2904512) | Posted by TheEliteExtremophile | Tuesday, April 4, 2023 | Review Permanlink

3 stars 3.5 stars The Grecians did a really good job here. With airs of Gryphon and a folk full of soft flutes, Harvest is probably one of the most outstanding albums of 2021. The instrumental work is always delicate and the passages are very sweet and pleasant. The vocals, generally female, do ... (read more)

Report this review (#2653474) | Posted by Argentinfonico | Saturday, December 18, 2021 | Review Permanlink

5 stars Hailing from Greece like a comet, Ciccada's third album streaks across the prog sky. Traditional folk instrumentation washes my skull in complex waves reminiscent of a mellow Gentle Giant. Marietta Tsakmakle and Nicolas Nicolopoulos share their diverse woodwind collection, clarinets, recorders, as s ... (read more)

Report this review (#2542250) | Posted by omphaloskepsis | Wednesday, May 12, 2021 | Review Permanlink

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