Sunday, September 27, 2015

Mirror - 1976 - Daybreak

Mirror 
1976
Daybreak



01. Daybreak (10:03)
02. Goodbye (10:13)
03. Dear Boy (3:25)
04. Edge Of Night (13:02)

- Johan Saanen / bass, vocals
- Peter Fransen / drums
- Kees Walravens / guitar
- Philip De Goey / oboe, saxophone, flute
- Paula Mennen / piano, organ, synthesizer, vocals



Mirror is a Dutch Symphonic progressive Rock band formed in 1972. At the time of its formation, the band was a four piece consisting of high school friends Kees Walravens on guitar, Johan Saanen on bass guitar and vocals, Paula Mennen on piano, organ, synthesizer and vocals, and Peter Fransen on drums. In 1973 the band expanded its line-up with the addition of Philip de Goey on saxophone, woodwinds, and oboe. Their sole album was recorded over six days at the Stable Studio in Arnhem, The Netherlands. The album was titled Daybreak and was released in 1976, pressed in only 500 copies. The music is mainly instrumental and is influenced by Focus, Yes, and Pink Floyd. After the release of the album Mirror toured their native Holland extensively. But internal disagreements soon led to the departure of Johan Saanen and the band finally split up in late 1976.

"Daybreak" certainly isn't a flashy release, and the compositions aren't going to win any Conservatory awards. But what Mirror lack in academic pedigree, they make up for in naive sincerity. Mirror bring that intangible known as atmosphere, that certain something that special recordings possess. Make no mistake, "Daybreak" is seriously flawed, but that's part of its charm. Even in my most cynical musical moments, I find albums like this refreshing. A tier 1 album. Mirror evolved into Lethe, and even managed to improve on a similar methodology.

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