Mirror to Mirror, a new project from Jugular Forest’s founder Alex Twomey, melds mystery with new age ambient virtues. Minimalist atmospheres are packed with emotive intensities so powerful, they tend to feel more like noise pieces. Rerest is the first release of this new project, conceived in February of 2009. It’s a departure from his work as Persimmons Pomegranate, a noise-based project where the music jumps from strange drones to ecstatic spaces (also excellent work–check out Window).
With the press of the play button the sound begins to accumulate, forming yellow-tinged shadows that pass beneath every breath. In the corner of the darkly lit room, a distant light reflects upon a pool of blood. You notice that the air is stagnant, but then someone opens the door. This transition causes the walls to disintegrate. Emotional, uplifting, inspiring, meditative, and underneath it there is an attractive darkness. Rerest excels at activating the imagination. I find it particularly amazing that a short tape (c20) can have such an effect; this music will transport the attentive listener.
Jugular Forest is proving itself to be an up and coming label. This is my 4th cassette from them and everything I’ve received so far has been great. I highly recommend picking up some of these tapes before this label is discovered.