Flying Saucer Attack Mirror on LP
The distance between albums only increased between New Lands (1997) and Mirror (2000). The latter arrived wrapped in a vibrant, multicolored cover designed by Savage Pencil - but the opening sequence of songs offered some of the quietest, most refined Flying Saucer Attack songs committed to tape. The violent spells of New Lands had given way to a flattened drone on the electric pieces "Space 1999," "Islands" and "Dark Wind," while the glittering acoustics of "Suncatcher" and "Tides" highlighted an incredible fragility within the songs. Dave Pearce seemed to be further away in space than ever, a wispy presence over streamlined hard beats and loops of "Chemicals," and Mirror's second side. Particularly when considering the silence that followed, this impression makes Mirror a distressing encounter at times, though certainly one of the most enervating listens of the FSA catalog.