If you stand between two mirrors facing each other, you’re faced with a curious and unique visual sensation – endlessly repeating reflections bounce off one another into an infinite, spiralling prism. Any movement from your vantage point derails the point of focus, and transforms the illusion in real-time before your eyes. Light bends, and with it, colours slip in and out of dominance, in an Escherism of endless space, despite no change to the dimensions you inhabit in that ever so concrete space between two mirrors.

Midori Hirano speaks of “waning lights” and “edges blending into fog” as some of the sensory indicators inspiring Mirrors In Mirrors – her debut on Daisart – and these Impressionistic sentiments are deeply imbued within Hirano’s delicate, restrained compositions. The hallmarks of modern classical, electronica and ambient are adopted as an assemblage to explore nuanced tones and techniques less dictated by those stylistic underpinnings, perhaps somewhere hovering between – but never too far away – keenly aware of form and function.

An emphasis upon the piano is an immediate point of reference for placing Hirano’s work within a broader context, but important to point out is the subtle and careful use of synthesizers and effects processing throughout the record – sometimes providing a more detailed background terrain, sometimes taking centre stage. Whichever instrument she turns her hands to, Hirano has crafted a record with enough dedicated focus and space to allow the listener to immerse oneself in her devised temporal expanse, an Impressionistic liminal space of Mirrors in Mirrors.

Recorded in Berlin, Germany 2017-18

All tracks written, produced, recorded and mixed by Midori Hirano.

Mastered by Sean McCann of Recital Program

Artwork by ruttens-wille


Links:

Midori Hirano [website]

Jeroen Wille & Ruud Ruttens [ruttens-wille]


Media:

The Vinyl Factory “20 favourite albums of 2019...so far” (July 2019)

oto nova Japan 音の波: Mari* with Midori Hirano

AVYSS-magazine-Daisart から Midori Hirano のアルバムがリリース決定

MASSAGE-monthly-review
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Midori Hirano  [Mirrors In Mirrors]

Introducing Mirrors In Mirrors by Berlin-based, Japanese musician, composer and producer Midori Hirano, to be released on March 5, 2019. The first edition of 200 black 12-inch vinyl records feature a 300gsm Pantone printed reverse-card outer and 200gsm reverse-card inner sleeve designed by Jeroen Wille & Ruud Ruttens of [ruttens-wille]. 
 

Tracklist:

A1: Close To Life
A2: Forgotten
A3: Mountains
A4: Beginning
B1: Sleeping Under The Raintrees
B2: Afterglow
B4: Mirrors In Mirrors



Artwork, Layout and Design by ruttens-wille

Mastered by Sean McCann



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