Nº 10 PILL-OH – VANISHING MIRROR
A surface reflecting beauty through light. The eyes of someone reflecting your own inner soul. Images of a reality that exists only in wishes and dreams. We find ourselves when gazing into “mirrors”, but we lose ourselves if we gaze too much. Originally from Athens, Greece, electronic artist Hior Chronik (presently based in Berlin, Germany) and classical pianist-composer Zinovia Arvanitidi have crystallized a representation of time and memory, where dreams and delicate hauntings from the past merge with the present. “Vanishing Mirror” is their debut album as Pill-Oh, embodying 13 mesmerizing tracks of filmic romanticism and compelling detail.
Accomplished pianist Zinovia, whose roots are in the Satie and Chopin piano solos of traditional classical music, asserts her structures and phrases with an emotive power that is intense as it is controlled. Arranged around the piano’s deep, plaintive utterances, Hior Chronik’s electronic abstractions are fluid as the deepest rhythm of a dream, instinctively recurring between sounds and silences. Opening track “February Tale” conjures the image of a landscape vast and bare, questioned through the purity of a child’s eyes. In “Notebook”, Zinovia hammers percussively in long stretches of pulsing sixteenth notes to majestic and swooping ensemble arrangements. Where intensity rises, it’s the quiet spaces between these grandiose passages that demonstrates her masterful balance between strength and frailty with engaging restraint. Led forth by her melancholic piano phrasing, “Melodico” and “Memory” are manifested in a place of fragility and isolation where the surface of a lake is so tender it shivers at the smallest sound. Hior Chronik daubs over unsettling, sorrowful mirages with ambient dissonance. “I Wake Up And You Smile” demolishes the darkness and walls are broken, and nanaye’s feathery voice whispers illuminating words that sound distant yet familiar. In closing of these cinematic visions, Aaron Martin’s cello simmers slowly to the surface in “Promise” like a curtain call.
“Vanishing Mirror” is presented in a 16-page art book format featuring a collaboration with France-based photographer Aëla Labbé. Parallel to the music in her visual storytelling, Aëla’s ethereal images are rusted with burnished hues of childhood that probe deep into the consciousness yet shimmer with a child-like nostalgia. The children, as portrayed in her enchanting world find themselves intertwined with landscapes where the sun radiates with an vaporous, indeterminate glow. Produced over the course of two years with mastering by label curator Ricks Ang (also one-half of ASPIDISTRAFLY), “Vanishing Mirror” is an album destined to pique the interest of listeners of classically aligned contemporaries such as Dustin O’Halloran, Nils Frahm, Sylvain Chauveau and not to mention label mates haruka nakamura and ironomi.
It was 2009 in Athens, Greece. Electronic artist Hior Chronik and accomplished classical pianist Zinovia Arvanitidi immersed themselves in a delicate world of hazy childhood memories and nostalgia, and music project Pill-oh was born. Piano, vocals and abstract electronic elements brought forth an offspring of compositions where modern classical and electronics collide.— Read more
- CATALOGUE NO.
CD + Art Book / Digital
Electronic, Classical, Ambient
200mm x 140mm, 16pp loop-stitched book, offset printed, full color on uncoated paper
- RELEASE DATE
Oct 30 (World)
- ”鏡の向こうの世界があるとしたら、私達はそこでどんな物語を紡ぎだすのだろう。フランス在住の写真家Aela Labbeによる16ページの写真集とセットになった特殊パッケージは、Kitchen.レーベルならではの美しさ。音とヴィジュアルが対になって世界観を作り上げていくそのレーベルポリシーをひしと感じさせるものとなっています。 ”
— 雨と休日, Japan
- A splendid example of luscious piano-centered songcraft. Sonically, the recording is a consistent delight, every piece special in its own right. The Singapore-based label’s beautiful products are in a league of their own” – Textura album of the month
— Textura, Canada
- “Beautiful packaging and art. Music to match. This really is a high quality release in every sense.”— Fluid Radio, UK
- “This is the world created by Pill-Oh: one that may never have existed, but that becomes real once nostalgia grows tenacious enough to insist it was so”— A Closer Listen, USA
- “Comparisons to Dustin O Halloran, Nils Frahm, Max Richter are inevitable I’m afraid. Quality album! 5 out of 5 stars”
— Norman Records, UK
- “Vanishing Mirror est un disque de miroirs qui s’éteignent et disparaissent, troquant les reflets d’un réel devenu mensonger pour les vérités fascinantes de rêves en réverbération. ” — SWQW, France
- “Vanishing Mirror es un soplo de ilusión evaporada, un sueño que absorbe la oscuridad, amparado en los recuerdos.”
— Hawai, Chile
- “Vanishing Mirror” appare un concentrato di sogno e delicatezza”
— Rockerilla, Italy
- “At times the playing is simply sublime. As it’s by Kitchen there is much more than a simple piece of music as the whole package, with stunning photography, is something well worth owning.”
— The Steinberg Principle, UK
- “Vanishing Mirror is like the soft and hopeful first-light of a spring day. The feeling is sometimes reflective, but not sentimental. In this music there is restful comfort along with accomplished musicianship.”
— Wajobu, USA