John Foxx And Robin Guthrie Mirrorball on 180g LP
Like John Foxx's 2009 release A Secret Life album with Steve Jansen (ex-Japan), his collaboration with Robin Guthrie was an idea that began when the pair performed at a Harold Budd concert in May 2005. Layers of echoes and reverberations are explored on Mirrorball, so that Guthrie's unique playing merges with abstract, often improvised vocals - a style that Foxx has explored on his own Cathedral Oceans albums.
Guthrie scored two movies in the years leading up to this album - Gregg Araki's Mysterious Skin (2004) and Dany Saadia's 3:19 Nada es Casualidad (2006). He recorded the instrumental albums Imperial (2003) and Continental (2006) and also several collaborations with pianist Harold Budd, including Before the Day Breaks and After the Night Falls in 2007. The former Cocteau Twins guitarist and producer has also performed extensively with his hour-long animated film Lumière (2003), and premiered the follow-up, Galerie, in 2008; both films were created as backdrops for his atmospheric, hypnotic guitar-based instrumentals - a style that has been a massive influence on everyone from My Bloody Valentine to Antony and the Johnsons.
Foxx has been experimenting as a filmmaker (with a pioneering video for LFO's 1991 hit "LFO" and performances of his 2006 Super 8 project Tiny Colour Movies in Melbourne, London, and Barcelona), artist (with exhibitions in London and New York and the use of his images on the covers of books by Anthony Burgess and Salman Rushdie), and musician, and he's also developing a growing international reputation as a writer - in 2009 he headlined a major literature festival where he read extracts from his novel The Quiet Man.