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Second Hand
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cd cover Second Hand, the second CD from new Danish folk-rock stars Serras, is a quantum leap forward from their debut. Serras essentially stick to their mission of updating traditional music from the 18th century, but the results leave behind the wayward histrionics of their earlier effort. Goodbye, arbitrary use of snore-inducing saxophone blowing; hello, dynamic folk interpretations and a nod towards light electronica influences. Serras play their rock cards strongly, tearing solidly through old tunes from Copenhagen, introducing a darker, funkier groove that simmers with intensity. Harald Haugaard's fiddle playing is remarkable, Mads Rushede's bass bubbles, and the drumming of Sune Rahbek comes darn near stealing the show. Serras are settling into a 'modern primitivist' sound that one might associate with other bands from the North, but they haven't distanced themselves from sounding like organic folk-rock in the vein of an instrumental Fairport Convention. True, Serras have their prog leanings, but the combination of percussive madness and Jews harp underpinning the circa 1780 "Blowzabella" proves that Serras are swiftly evolving into a group to watch with anticipation. - Lee Blackstone

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