Mirror - Review
This album was originally released in 2008 and has long since sold out of physical CD copies.
Artoffact Records has picked up this album for release and has reissued it on digi-pack CD with a 16 page booklet, as well as on vinyl (including limited edition red vinyl for collectors). The beautiful sounds of this album span just nine tracks, but leave the listener drenched in thick emotion and deep melancholy moods.
The album starts off with possibly the biggest hit and favorite for the masses that pick up this album with "Nostalgia" featuring Dave Gahan of Depeche Mode
fame. With the melancholy electronic style mixed with his vocals, this piece really sounds like a page right out of the Depeche Mode
discography. This is great to have this classic new wave style on this beautiful ballad-like piece. However, as I rarely follow the masses, in this case I also feel like this isn't even the best piece on the album! We are treated with some stunningly haunting selections as the album moves slowly along. The first of these is a somewhat upbeat piece (compared to much of the rest of the album) in the form of "Nowhere". This cute little ditty features soft and beautiful angelic female vocals that leave the listener spellbound. And if you haven't seen the video, definitely check it out as a nice bonus to a perfect track.
With those two pieces as an introduction to the album I knew I was hooked. This was like a new drug and I had to listen to more, so I did and have done so over and over again. There are a number of favorites that I just can't get enough of including the aforementioned "Nowhere" with it's melancholy, yet upbeat tune. The rest of the album is soft and subdued for the most part with occasional experimental electronics providing a bit of noise as punctuation, maybe to partially snap the listener out of the dream-like trance the rest of the mesmerizing pieces leave you in. After "Nowhere" we drift along with "City Lights" and another somber piece "World of Darkness". This latter features a mix of soft male and female vocals over the haunting electronic soundscapes. "Twentieth Century" serves as a sort of mid-album interlude with ambient and experimental electronics, at times sounding like a piece out of a movie soundtrack. This gives way to another definite favorite in "From No One With Love" which is another somber, yet captivating piece that leaves the listener entranced. "Fat Girl" delves into the experimental side of the electronic music scene as it slowly moves along with a variety of soft and building to harsh soundscapes reflecting the harsh environment and lyrical message. This leads us to the short but sweet "Mirror Song" which is very minimalistic, mainly a soft piano and subtle beat backing soft and sweet vocals. For the finale to the album this project takes no prisoners as the listener is no doubt completely emotionally drained from the mesmerizing, captivating music presented on the album so far. So to wrap it all up we drift through "The Cold Is On Its Way" as the music digs in and rips apart the shreds of emotion left in the listener's soul as the soaring guitar, piano and building symphonic and experimental electronics crescendo to a powerful climax and then slowly fade, leaving the listener breathless, yet longing for more of this drug that is this somber and addicting music.
After hearing this album I was stunned and amazed and wondered how in the world I had lived without the tracks from this band for so long. The original was released eight years ago, yet I'm not picking this up until now? Hopefully you won't make the same mistake and grab this one now if you don't already have the original and add it to your collection, it's guaranteed to be a new favorite for years to come.
Label: Artoffact Records