2009-03-20 - Neufutur (US) - Mirror’s new album gets more critical kudoshttp://neufutur.com/?p=7399
[A gathering of four interviews/articles. A source is mentioned for each article, but I cannot find the sources directly.]
Beginning with “Nostalgia,” which features Depeche Mode vocalist Dave Gahan in one of his most passionate performances, Mirror immediately presents a sonic landscape of divergent synth textures and classical undertones, with a grinding guitar solo to boot.
Much as a filmmaker uses characters to tell the story, Anselmi says, he employs notable voices like celebrated Depeche Mode baritone Dave Gahan, who turns Mirror’s opening ballad, Nostalgia, into a stadium-sized anthem, with some brilliant keyboard contributions from David Bowie pianist-of-choice Mike Garson. A video clip of Gahan singing Nostalgia went viral in Europe a few months ago, causing a serious stir amongst the Mode hordes and a significant download windfall.
“Originally, I envisioned the song as something out of a Disney movie sung by Snow White to a little bird perched on her finger. That changed when Dave got ahold of it,” says Anselmi.
It also helps to have friends like Dave Gahan of Depeche Mode bless the album with his most unique and tortured voice in “Nostalgia” as the album begins. The musical layers of this album are quite extraordinary with no shortage of strings, piano, orchestral sounds, and deep lyrics that take you to another place. That’s the type of records that make you feel good that you listened to it all the way through without any dissapointments.
4. You collaborated with members of Depeche Mode, Bowie’s band, etc. How did you select the outside artists for this project and why did you decide that using them was a must?
Everyone involved in MIRROR was a friend or someone we admired. If I thought of someone to use, we just asked. That really is a product of the new digital world. The ease of communication,sharing files for collaboration etc. Also the lack of label involvement makes it easier to follow your dreams without negotiation.