“The snow is melting into music.”
– John Muir (1938)
We have been waiting (somewhat impatiently) for what feels like ages to share the news of the extraordinary PoB debut album by Mind Over Mirrors. So it is a pleasure and a relief to do so now, especially amidst the torrential anxiety and aggression of election week, when we need all the healing sounds we can get.
Undying Color, the new album by the ever-evolving project of Jaime Fennelly is his most ambitious and spellbinding set of roiling, meditative recordings to date, and the first to supplement his foundational arsenal of Indian pedal harmonium, analog synthesizers, and incantatory voices with a full ensemble, including Janet Beveridge Bean (Eleventh Dream Day), Jim Becker (Califone), Haley Fohr (Circuit des Yeux), and Jon Mueller (Death Blues).
Undying Color braids folk and formal, praise and play, within its heady swells and troughs, invoking American vernacular musical traditions and pulsating avant-garde electronics alike. With prayerful patience and ceremonial gravity, it conjures and celebrates the cyclical rhythms of nature: tidal surges, human breathing, cicadas in the wilderness gloaming.
Highly recommended if you like: Brian Eno, Henry Flynt, Moondog, Popul Vuh, Sun Ra, Catherine Ribeiro + Alpes, Arthur Russell, or Laurie Spiegel.
Today, NPR Music’s All Songs Considered premiered lead single “Restore & Slip,” the syncopated, baritone-snare fueled rush and helical, sawing fiddle of which are influenced by the Mississippi Hill Country fife and drum music of Otha Turner.
Listen here, or above.
“The music Jaime Fennelly makes under the name Mind Over Mirrors creates a sense of everlasting wonder … If 2015’s The Voice Calling was a somber devotional, Undying Color is shaping up to be praise music for the American landscape.”
– Lars Gotrich, NPR Music’s Songs We Love
WATCH THE ALBUM TRAILER
Fennelly has also shared an album trailer, shot at Meadow Mountain in British Columbia and edited by Timothy Breen (who also contributed all the album artwork), which you can watch above. Visit the album page for more details on this release.
The deluxe 140g virgin vinyl LP package includes a heavy-duty matte board jacket, full-color printed inner sleeve, and download code for the entire album. The CD edition features heavy-duty matte gatefold jacket and LP replica artwork.
Contingent on manufacturing timelines, pre-orders should ship about a week in advance of the February 17, 2017 release date.
Pre-orders from our online store include an immediate 320k MP3 download of “Restore & Slip.” All pre-order customers will also be entered in a drawing for an Undying Color test pressing or PoB t-shirt.
ACCLAIM FOR MIND OVER MIRRORS
“Devotional and alarming … an out-of-body experience.”
– NPR Music
“Massive, hypnotic, endless … shoots straight for the stratosphere.”
“Stirring, introspective music that sounds like something plucked out of an Andrei Tarkovsky film, or produced by mapping the orbits of celestial bodies on an LP record.”
– Blouin ArtInfo
MIND OVER MIRRORS LIVE
Saturday, December 17 – “Beyond the Gate” at Bohemian National Cemetery, Chicago IL with William Basinski, Robert Beatty
Friday, December 16 – Acme Records, Milwaukee, WI
You can peruse all PoB-related tour dates here, including current and upcoming dates with Terry Allen, Nathan Bowles, Michael Chapman, Jake Xerxes Fussell, Gun Outfit, Itasca, Nap Eyes, Promised Land Sound, Steve Gunn, Hiss Golden Messenger, and more.
In case you missed it, be sure to check out our upcoming album by veteran British songwriter and guitar sage Michael Chapman, 50. Produced by friend and acolyte Steve Gunn, and featuring Steve’s band and the great Bridget St. John, it’s Chapman’s late career masterwork, a moving legacy statement by a legend.