Mirrors have announced details of the release of their debut album 'Lights & Offerings'. The 10-track long-player will be released through NEWS on Monday March 28th 2011. The album will be preceded by a single, 'Into The Heart' and will be released on Monday March 7th.
Having previously worked with Richard X and Ed Buller, and fired by a fierce D.I.Y. spirit that permeates every facet of their world, the band decamped to a rural farmhouse in Sussex run by a French hippy commune to self-produce their debut album. Completely self-contained and locked away in a room full of sleeping bags, old synths and supplies of food and other consumables dropped off by their label, they recorded the album in a month during early Summer 2010. The album was later mixed at the DFA studios in New York by Rapture collaborator Jonathan Kreinik.
Mirrors also did a 6 Mix on 6Music on January 16th where they played a selection of tracks charting the history of electronic music. As happy to reference XTC, PiL and Joy Division as they are Basic Channel, Kraftwerk, Wolfgang Voigt and Tangerine Dream, Mirrors are a band with an aesthetic -- an all pervading one which they live 24/7. "We like that whole idea that your art is your life,'" comments James New. "You are what you make."
Making their live debut in the summer of 2009 and with early singles on Moshi Moshi and Pure Groove, they signed to Brighton based Skint in late 2009. From the start there has always been much more beyond the music they produce on their analog synths ("We love old synths -- they only play one note at a time. They go out of tune. They're a nightmare to program. But that's why we like them. We don't want everything completely polished and produced.") -- an attention to visuals, sleeve art (their sleeve designer Jules Balme designed for the likes of The Clash and Adam & The Ants) and their 'look' ("Suits add a certain discipline.") have marked them out as different.
Allied to their incredible self-sufficiency (the aesthetic from their on-stage visuals, filmed by themselves, to the 'look' is very much self-directed) is a 'political' restless edge and discomfort that has rarely been seen in the past 25 years. "We are disappointed in society around us," comments James. "Everything has become boring, socially and politically. We were bored of our Blackberries and bored of our laptops and bored of groups making absolutely no effort to do anything creative. With Mirrors we wanted to build something from the ground up and create something completely different." Resistance through rituals indeed. Meanwhile, having last year completed a European tour supporting OMD they are set to play some dates in March with Fujiya + Miyagi.
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