Heart Beats Black - Mirror Kisses from Heartbeats
Mirror Kisses’ latest release, Heartbeats, became officially available for purchase one month ago. His third full-length, Harrisonburg’s George Clanton (Mirror Kisses) appealed to his fans a few months ago to fund his Kickstarter page to get the album pressed to vinyl, and it appears that the goal was met, as hard 12” copies are slated to hit the mail rooms on or around June 10th. Building upon the dark 80’s-inflected dancefloor vibes of previous releases Soaking Wet and especially Bad Dreams, this collection of new wave numbers kicks off with an impassioned bang with single “Runaways”, released well in advance with the followup dreamwave ballad “Kameron”. Our favorite lesser-known standout, “Heart Beats Black”, is the unofficial title track, and with it comes a decidedly electronic edge to this new release. Soaked in the sound of Japan’s late 2000’s electronic shoegaze movement, the jam additionally features woozy synth tracks that one would only expect to hear on some VHS-laden beat tape from the summer of Washed Out and Neon Indian’s reign. “Shut Me Down”, another high point on Heartbeats, turns up the tempo, featuring Clanton’s retro crooning and whirling digital instrumentation in the vein of 18 Carat Affair’s decayed tape synth snippets. Upon first and second listen, it appears that Mirror Kisses’ sound is slowly becoming more and more heavily influenced by the sample-based vintage compositions of today’s rapidly growing posse of synthwave and vaporwave acts. The bass-heavy new wave guitarwork of Bad Dreams is just an afterthought here, as the whole New Order-and Pet Shop Boys-influenced darkwave/synthpop scene seems to be on its way out. Or at least it is for George Clanton. Either way, Heartbeats is a solid mixture of passionate uptempo bangers and slow 80’s reverberations, and we felt that it was well worth our money. If you’re a fan of Crozet, Lust for Youth, or Violens, do tha right thing and grab a free MP3 download of our favorite track from the album, “Heart Beats Black”, below. Afterwards, we highly recommend that you buy the album if you like what you hear, and grab a paid copy of Bad Dreams as well.
MP3 Download of “Heart Beats Black”, by Mirror Kisses (from Heartbeats)