Release Date: 05/13/08
Soil & Eclipse returns with an opulent sonic dimension filled with specters and beauty unrivaled. The long awaited fifth title 'The Mirror' combines both the experimental beats and lush melodies of G.W. Childs with the breath taking vocals of Jay Tye. If you imagine pounding beats matching an age old waltz, if you imagine the orchestral rhythms of old with the amazing voice of the modern you will walk in to 'the Mirror' and change yourself forever. Once again fans have been starved, waiting for the next great thing to come from this duo, but we finally have it, six years later. The wait has been well worth it for this excellent new work. True to their word they have been true to themselves and their music, keeping in line with their previous works and proclaimed inspirations and goals. This album captures the classical and experimental essence of this band through ethereal soundscapes and powerful dance-friendly electronic pieces in ten new tracks. When the band says they're concentrating on classical roots with a lot of experimentation, they certainly remain true to their word. This is apparent from the very beginning with the classically influenced piece simply titled Violin, featuring violin, Jay's powerful tenor vocals and a powerfully moving beat along with just a touch of electronics. This essence is captured on several pieces throughout the album especially on the otherwise downtempo piece I Was Proud, but you can't ignore the ongoing electronic percussion as the underlying foundation to this piece. So how do you reconcile experimental electronics with a powerful vocal masterpiece that otherwise would have been just as perfect sung accapella' It's unique and captivating at the same time, certainly something you wouldn't find in the pop or mainstream music scene. I think we've established the unique experimental nature of the album, so now we can delve into the powerful ethereal, electro-goth styles that I think will really have fans going. The obvious captivating pieces on the album include already mentioned Violin which is similar to O' Magnum Mysterium in that it captures latin lyrics with modern electronics and rhythms. Elysium Rain is the most standard electronic dance piece on the album along with the driving finale Light Of Ages and with the mid-tempo Lie following closely behind with a simple, yet powerful beat underlying the awesome layered electronics and synthesized strings providing the backdrop to the smooth vocals. She Flys With Angels should be a familiar piece to many as it appeared on the somber When Angels Die compilation. It's another beautiful piece that starts out slow and melancholy and builds with a trance-like electronic rhythm and powerful climax. The spiritual themes and undertones carry once again throughout the album which make it more than a fun album to listen to but uplifting and inspirational as well. It provides listeners of different backgrounds and influences with manay different aspects to enjoy and take away from the music. Of course the overall style of the music will appeal to fans of synthpop and electro-goth genres, but there's so much more to enjoy than just the moving electronics or somber ballads. This is an excellent album, another great classic from Soil & Eclipse.
|Label: Cop International|
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