Boomkat Product Review:
'Wilderness of Mirrors' is a harrowing and compelling slab of dense ambient doom from esteemed Room40 proprietor, Lawrence English.
Two years in the making and arguably ranking among his finest works, 'Wilderness of Mirrors' is, as English puts it, "reflection upon reflection, a pure white out of absolute aurality". Taking its title from a phrase rooted in T.S. Eliot's poem 'Gerontion' and later used to describe the misinformation campaigns of the cold war, it finds English channelling inspiration from the affective dynamics of Earth, MBV and Swans, together with his own fascination for extreme sonic density, and a tempered rage at the current state of global politics to realise a sound which, for him, best represents the sensation of complex, chaotic flux and political instability in the modern world.
Using a broad palette of live instrumentation and electronics he shapes two tectonic masses of distorted harmonics and prickling percussion, slowly sweeping us across eight segued sections surmounting precipitous peaks, shadowed valleys and breathtaking ambient/shoegaze panoramas, all perfused with a churning swarm of buried spirits.