Label: FSA Records - fsa64 • Format: Vinyl LP, Album, Limited Edition Clear • Country: UK • Genre: Rock • Style: Space Rock, Post Rock, Indie Rock, Shoegaze
Whilst battling several years of depression, Charleston Alley - Charlie Barnet And His Band* - Cherokee! Pearce recorded Mirrorhis second solo album using the Flying Saucer Attack name, with help from collaborator Rocker from — Considered the band's most accessible and melodic album, Tom Neville - Buzz Junkie (Remixes) builds upon the sampling and noise approaches of New Landsexploring electronic experimentation with influences from drum and bass and industrial music, in addition to the lo-fi noise pop and gentle folk music he and the band had built their name on.
Pearce consciously wrote more direct lyrics on the album, and his vocals and melodies are more pronounced and decipherable than on previous albums.
Upon release, the album was greeted with favourable Sundance - Sundance - Sundance from critics, complimenting its psychedelic sound, and was a moderate college radio success. Nonetheless, it was the final Flying Saucer Attack album for fifteen years, with Pearce putting the project on hiatus following the album's release. After their critically acclaimed second album FurtherRachel Brook left Flying Saucer Attack to focus on her own project Movietonerendering Flying Saucer Attack a solo project for remaining member Dave Pearce.
While recording MirrorPearce was suffering from depression. Pearce stated: "Some people may go, 'Oh my god, a cassette eight-track! Oh dear, oh dear. With regards to some of Mirror being recorded at Rocker's house, presumably the StAR Studios mentioned in the liner notes as the recording studio for four songs,  Pearce noted his "fairly proper equipment", having been "building up lots of stuff over the years", although, as he revealed to Magnetparts of the album were recorded in Pearce's home with his own equipment, before "[meshing] it together": "there are a number of parts that Rocker and I messed with over here a little bit.
All the songs I did entirely here or I started them with Rocker and then finished over here. Under the influence of Rocker, who had acquired a sampler and "wanted to see Niebieskie - Fiolka* - Fiolka he cold make it work," Pearce decided to make Mirror more rhythmic than its predecessors, and a departure from the "one snare, one symbol drumming" he had grown accustomed to: "I thought it would be interesting to see what it would be like to have fairly overt beats, however out of date they may be.
I just wanted to see if that could work. Considered China Love - Janet Jackson - All For You band's most accessible album,   Mirror features tracks that explore experimentation with genres and sounds that were new to Pearce, including electronic music and beats inspired by drum and bassmost of which are largely prevalent in the album's second half, in addition to some of Pearce's melancholic acoustic folk songs.
The album's background is layered with "atmospheric guitars", whilst "simple basslines provide the anchor, and sound effects take the sound further into space. Pearce felt the need "to make songs with an end, if not a chorus," and in an interview, he commented that he was "quite pleased with [ Mirror ]. I'm not so embarrassed about the singing. Winter Song - Flying Saucer Attack - Mirror a way, that effected Winter Song - Flying Saucer Attack - Mirror kind of stuff recorded for it.
I felt like my singing was better so we turned it up a bit. Also, I wanted to try to do something with the lyric side of it and be more direct.
You have to be a really good lyricist to tackle a subject like that. Finding Mirror to "reflect both sides of the millennial chasm, incorporating the atmosphere of the countryside with the sound of hyper-modern Winter Song - Flying Saucer Attack - Mirror critic Kerwin So felt connections between Mirror and a combination of both urban and rural life: "It might be fair to label Mirror as subliminal trip-hop —indeed, not too long ago Pearce moved from the English countryside to the more urban environment of Bristolhome of such artists as Massive Attack and Portishead.
The effect of both rural and urban environments shines clearly throughout this record, suggesting a potential future in which a cohesive humanity can reconcile the introspection and simplicity of the countryside with the technology and progress of modern life. The album's psychedelic album artwork, designed by Savage Leisurecentre with typography from Savage Pencil and mirrorball imagery from Sandra Eggington,  was seen as heralding in the band's new stylistic direction, and in complete contrast to previous album covers.
Ryan Schreiber compared the sleeve to "a Grateful Dead reissue" and noted that "in place of liner notes is a blatantly hallucinogenic image of a psychedelic rainbow over a body of water, with creepy mutations of animals splashing about, and warped, gloopy flying saucers zooming past pink clouds. In a time when drugs are so revered by the hipster elite, it's good to see somebody living it up a little.
Mirror was greeted with favourable reviews. If the sounds are new to you, you may find them too off-putting to justify repeated spins. Headphones will help you get the best perspective on this immersive listening experience.
And see where it takes you. Jordan N. Mamone of CMJ New Music Monthly was favourable, and said the album's "real surprises are the static-y, post- techno beats, which, when paired with Pearce's alternately distortion drenched songs, lend an uncharacteristic, urban vibrancy to portions of the work. Both results are great. Either you will enter one of your most relaxed states of sleep or will awaken as if by a wave of feathers.
Pearce himself Winter Song - Flying Saucer Attack - Mirror that this album recaptured a bit of the spirit of the early FSA recordings. Today, Mirror is regarded as the culmination of Pearce's series of albums "that incorporated beats and a slightly glossier production. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Flying Saucer Attack. Retrieved Whispers - Ticket To Wonderland - Witchflowers January FSA Records.
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