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Artist: Ani Glass
Label: Recordiau Neb
RRP: £13.99
Release Date: 06 March 2020

Ani Glass's debut album Mirores is released via Recordiau Neb. The follow up to her debut EP Ffrwydrad Tawel, Mirores is the culmination of over four years developing her own sound and identity. With its tapestry of electronic sounds, elliptical melodies and samples threaded into a song cycle, the LP is based around the idea of movement and progress - one which takes us on a journey around her hometown of Cardiff...

Mirores is a love letter to Cardiff. This LP's 11 songs (35 min, 58 sec) incorporates sounds, recorded by Ani Glass, of the urban landscape; the movement of traffic and people and the sounds of nature coming together to create a symphony of the city.

Glass's sound is inspired by a number of electronic and avant-garde artists and producers of the 1980s including Martin Rushent, Giorgio Moroder, Vangelis, Jean-Michel Jarre and Arthur Russell whilst the album’s wider themes are inspired in part by the works of abstract painter Agnes Martin and the author and activist Jane Jacobs.

The end result is a wonderful fusion of '80s electronic pop and '90s indie pop... there's even, dare I say it, a hint of K-pop mixed in there. It's an upbeat and infectious LP that you'll find hard to resist.


Nick Smithson