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Mirror by Ocean Floor was originally released on cassette in 2018 and quickly sold out. It will now enjoy a limited vinyl pressing. A series of stripped back tracks for piano and synthesizer. They were initially sketched out following a bad night’s sleep in 2014. They were gradually formed into melodic tunes and the inclusion of a little guitar on one track.

Limited Vinyl LP £14.99

Self-released LP. Edition of 100 copies with screenprinted artwork and insert.

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Mirror by Ocean Floor
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8/10 Will Staff review, 31 July 2019

Ocean Floor is the alias of an Irish experimental and ambient musician called Aonghus Reidy who works with piano, harmonium, and synthesizer. His album 'Mirror' was apparently based around one single piano improvisation recorded after 'being disturbed from sleep'. The soporific conditions under which the building blocks of this album were created is evidenced by how, at one point, my head dropped and my nose began to gently bob in a cup of tea. Despite this, 'Mirrors' is certainly one of the best ambient albums I've heard this year.

There are moments of real beauty here. I especially like 'Mirror 3' which combines a gorgeous, wistful, lush chord progression with soaring drones and whirring ambient textures. The dynamics of 'Mirror 4' are really interesting, pairing the naked sound of a piano with thick synth bass. I love how in the piano parts you can hear a prominent recording hiss, a subtle intake of breath, and the hammers glancing strings. There's something tentative about the playing that fits in well with the raison d'etre behind the album. 

Too often is ambient music soulless and unfeeling. It takes real craft to create something as intimate and interesting as 'Mirror'. Ocean Floor has made a democratic record in the way that it gives both equal footing to silence and sound.



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