As one half of the duo 1958-2009, Alex Twomey crafted giant drifts of abstract synthesized sound. His solo project Mirror to Mirror seems to have more of an organic concern; droplets of piano keys, strings and flutes and harpsichords, and cautious electronic textures work in concert to form his newest LP, Body Moving Slowly.
It’s been quite a year for Australian label Preservation; we’ve already seen them put out great albums from Sparkling Wide Pressure and Panabrite, and while Body Moving Slowly isn’t as blatantly indebted to the synthesizer as either of those releases, it fits in squarely with the “post-classical” ambient trend led by the likes of Keith Kenniff, whose Branches album offers a similar array of charismatic instrumental vignettes. This is an easy album to love, from the romantic stabs of the opening title track to the record’s slightly more synthy second half. Special shout-out to my favorite track on the album, “Don’t Just Yet,” which pairs echoing piano chords with a low, distant drone to heavenly effect. Lovely stuff.