Vinyl LP £20.99 KRANK162LP
LP on Kranky (Jesy Fortino and Liz Harris).
CD £13.99 KRANK162
CD on Kranky (Jesy Fortino and Liz Harris).
Listening to this in the noisy office yesterday I was a little underwhelmed as it just blended into ambient background noise under the sound of tape guns and people shouting...I was a little at a loss as to what I was going to write about it.
Right now, though, I'm at home giving it another listen through my nice loud stereo with nothing but the soft tapping of keys and my cat crunching on biscuits to distract me from the ethereal, dusky beauty on this disc right here by Mirrorring (does that fourth R bother anybody else?), which is a collaboration between Liz Harris, aka Grouper, and Jesy Fortino, aka Tiny Vipers. I'm finding it most relaxing in more intimate environs. One thing that's quite notable is that it's really hard to tell who's doing what...there's layers of gentle drones and slow cyclic melodies and guitar twinkles and vocals reverbed into smooth swells of melody and I think occasional field recordings...like something between Barn Owl and Christina Carter, maybe? The delicate but dense way the tones have been constructed is totally intoxicating, with the timeless, stoic melodies drifting out of a hissy haze.
It's like taking a big hit from a sonic bong full of tranquil vibes. The next thing you know the weight of the world is off your shoulders for a few minutes of blissful respite. That's what I'm getting from this right now, and it's lovely. I hope you let it sweep you away too.
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