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Shift­ing Mir­rors Tee Pee Records

With so many gui­tar albums be­ing re­leased, we’re al­ways ea­ger to check out those that are off the beaten track, and Shift­ing Mir­rors is most def­i­nitely that! This is a fas­ci­nat­ing, mainly in­stru­men­tal al­bum from a gui­tar, bass, drums trio, orig­i­nally formed by gui­tarist and vo­cal­ist Thomas Bel­lier in Paris in 2008 and choc full of melody. What sets it apart, how­ever, is the dis­tinct Mid­dle Eastern flavour. Think psy­che­delic desert rock meets 1001 Ara­bian Nights – and the amal­ga­ma­tion is strangely ap­peal­ing. It’s 10 full-on tracks with no pauses be­tween the them so it is an in­ten­sive lis­ten, but the qual­ity of play­ing from all con­cerned is ex­cep­tional and the pro­duc­tion is amaz­ing. This is a stun­ning and at­mo­spheric al­bum that also dis­plays great dex­ter­ity of play­ing. Well worth check­ing out.

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