Boomkat Product Review:
Breathtaking first new album in 15 years from Andrew Chalk and Christoph Heemann’s cult duo Mirror, debuting on La Scie Dorée - home to their respective adored projects with Timo Van Luijk (Elodie, In Camera). A total gem for Jim O’Rourke or Kassel Jaeger fiends!
Both hugely regarded in their shared fields of exploration between improvised, low key noise, ambient and experimental composition, Chalk and Heemann have followed their nose for this sound since the early 80s alongside dozens of underground dons and their empathic level of musical comms really shows across this beautiful album. Most particularly we’re struck by the electro-acoustic mixing and recording, which comes close to the levels of subtly disorienting proprioceptive fuckery executed by their peer Jim O’Rourke, making them seemingly dialled in from different distant axes of floating suspension on the first side, before achieving immanent states of intimate meditation amid swirling ambient noise on the B-side.
’Some Days It Rains All Night’ introduces itself with tantalising timbral thizz and murmuring nudges of surreal acoustic space that soon start to slip out of time and place, inducing keening sensations and a slippage of light that give the scene a laggy glow, where their daubs of piano keys appear like glinting lights in a mist of bowed cymbals and rumbles of gong thunder, immaculately rendered in-the-mix for deeply disorienting effect. In other words, it’s dead trippy, and the other side takes the vibe yet further out into the dream swamp, holding off to more tentative gestures for a more uncanny sense of stasis and shrouded in electro-acoustic apparitions that richly recall similar interzones explored in Kassel Jaeger’s recent ace for Shelter Press.