Ever tried playing Tiny Vipers and Grouper records simultaneously? Me neither – and with the release of Mirrorring you won’t have to. This is a lesson in collaboration – two unique styles entwined, the lines blurred – it’s one of the most beguiling, unique and quietly stunning records I’ve heard in a long time.
Fell Sound opens with drone, imagining desolate landscapes, the vocal’s transparent beauty, the occasional acoustic strums. This is where Jesy Fortino’s organic approach lays back into the textural layers of Grouper’s Liz Harris. And the record continually manages to find such sacred ground.
It feels like Fortino and Harris probably realised early on how well their individual pasts would merge for an alternative future, embracing the opportunity rather than guarding their own inventive brands. So even if Silent from Above is predominantly drawn from Fortino’s acoustic universe, it’s Mirrorring who take it from there – leaving trails of echoed voices and a constant hum of atmosphere.
Cliffs again doses the natural with ambience – ghostly angels breathe the words, while the guitar acts like a counting pendulum. Mine meanwhile aches – you can hear it in the close-to-broken vocal and the swelling waves of dream-constructed drone.
Drowning the Call is perhaps the most serene moment here – with the picked guitar and harmonic voices it feels like a folk-song’s final journey, simplicity cradled by the ethereal.
When visions are shared, albums like Mirrorring are born. It just so happens the personnel involved here have more vision than most, which is probably why this is such a special record.