"Xyra is a DIVA, a consummate chanteuse and a great entertainer - the Queen of "Cabaret Rock" - which combines vibrant elements from rock and the smoky, mysterious atmosphere of a nightclub on the 'shady' part of town... Though she has been compared to Annie Lennox, Xyra, I think, is more mellow, more refined, more sinuous."
Stavros Moschopoulos, Athens
United Nations Magazine, NYC
The Global Inn - Luna Kafé e-zine
"Shadows Of Light is a six track CD containing preview selections from Xyra and Verborgen's second album Frightening Beauty. Recorded with absolutely stunning quality, the EP contains about a half hour of all new material richly produced with lush instrumentation and Xyra's incredible and highly dramatic vocals. Viewed by artists and fans alike as the group's most emotive sounding material, the instrumentals on the EP also stretch to new heights in their depth and in the imaging quality achieved in the final mix. When reflecting on this EP, it's clear that Xyra's soaring and powerful vocal work still carries the songs but the instrumentals are now taking a larger part in the overall experience. Surely their forthcoming album will illustrate a notable development in the group's overall direction and should please and intrigue a broad variety of music enthusiasts."
New Musical Discoveries, London
"Shadows of Light made me remember my clubbing days in the late sixties and early seventies. It always seemed that the best and most interesting music was found in clubs where you would want to sit with your back against the wall. Young lovers kiss. Old couples reminisce. Everyone, even the barmaids and the manager with the perpetually bad attitude, turn their eyes and ears to the stage when the band begins to play. At the end of each song they applaud and cheer, and try to remember what they were talking about a few minutes earlier. And when they leave, they won't remember anything but the music......"
"Caught up in the disorder of everyday life, it is sometimes easy to become lost in the confusion. The desire of most is to seek a way out, or at least a safe path by which to be guided. It would appear that Xyra and Verborgen has found that source of guidance and encouragement. They share it through their music . . . The lyrics are poetically written and heavy with intent. The music is good, too. This group cleverly mixes Xyra's unusual musical voice with great instrument pieces . . . I am quite pleased with this group's ability to address painful issues with great kindness and gentleness. They do not water down the import of their message, nor do they excuse their strong position against the atrocities executed against humans, or even the everyday sufferance humankind in general must endure."
Cybercity Magazine, Washington, DC
"Nouveau'? Yes, there's not much elsewhere like this. Limpid yet harrowing, passionate yet highly-mannered; backward-looking in its musical idiom yet primarily New Age in its whole-world outlook, and its predominantly positive response to issues of confusion, loss, and the inevitability of decay. It [Where Glass Birds Fly] seems very much Xyra's album: it is her unique, powerful and compelling voice that sells us the album's various 'issues' such as 'Did you know, there's a choice to be made! The worst can happen once again?' and the Bowie-tinged 'Gardens on Mercury, factories on Mars, test-tube humans controlling the stars.'
So why would a specialist Procol Harum site choose to devote a page to this exquisite CD by a self-styled 'Cabaret Rock Nouveau'? Well, partly because their music is uncategorizable in the way that the best of Procol Harum music is; partly because the words - despite being much less oblique, and much more self-consciously Aquarian than Keith Reid's - are artful, reflective, eerie, and predominantly melancholy; partly because the lead voice is evocative and highly unusual; partly because the compositions draw freely from all sorts of influences without imitating any of them; partly because the instrumental playing is detailed, deft and perpetually intriguing ..."
Procol Harum Fan Club, South Wales
Beyond the Pale
"Xyra & Verborgen don't sound much like the other bands who play D.C.'s rock clubs - and that's not only because of Xyra Harper-Cann's classically trained voice. The local ensemble's "Where Glass Birds Fly" is rooted in Goth-punk and art-rock, notably the quieter side of Siouxsie and the Banshees and the more melodic songs of Nico . . . As titles like "Prometheus Scatters Ashes and "Ancient Incubus" signal, Harper-Cann doesn't exactly write kick-out-the-jams material. Such verses as "Onyx cigarette holder, in a white gloved hand/Like a Lautrec painting/Or a bright cabaret band" suit Harper-Cann's meticulous vocals and the band's style, which draws on chamber music and European cafe songs."
The Washington Post
"JAXX is not the usual place to hear cellos and flutes, but those entrancing sounds are exactly what greeted us when we caught XYRA AND VERBORGEN perform one wintry night in Springfield (VA). They call their singular style "Cabaret Rock Nouveau," a fitting description for the dense, unexpected, challenging songs that remain nonetheless toe-tapping when need be. While the band maintains a charmingly retro stance, they also embrace the current technology, being all over the Web."
Washington City Paper.com
The POP Quiz
"Killer! - Xyra's velvety, powerful resonance captivates, amazes, soothes and confronts."
Paul Chiacchierini and Dave Durr
OMEGA Studios, Rockville
"The [debut] album [Where Glass Birds Fly] is musically intricate and produced with care and vision. Orchestration highlights both the instrumentalists' individual- and combined-talents. Strings, woodwinds and percussion work well together to provide a solid foundation for Xyra's vocals but provide equally compelling musical statements on their own. With a firm footing in the classics, the instrumental movements remain highly accessible and without classical pretentiousness . . .
Overall, this is an outstanding album that demonstrates the true virtuosity of a talented group of songwriters and musicians. Instead of covering old ground, the music begins where others have left off and explores future themes with heartfelt emotive lyrics and vocals as well as outstanding instrumental orchestration."
Our World, New England
"Xyra & Verborgen resonate a genre for the New Millennium -- cello, piano, Spanish guitar, exotic percussion, six-string bass, and multi-winds lavishly loom behind the poetic prowess of a beautiful Diva! Let Xyra & Verborgen cast a spell on YOU!"
Philadelphia Music Conference
Showcase Event, Philadelphia
"It is called "Cabaret Rock Nouveau," and it is the now sound of then. Or the then sound of now. Either way, it sounds terrif, and we love it . . . Be not afraid of the beautiful noise that is Xyra. . ."
Washington City Paper.com
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