In just a year of operation, Listening Mirror's Jeff Stonehouse and Kate Tustain have managed to put together a solid foundation to their discography with EPs out on Rural Colours and Heat Death Records. Their debut album then followed on Somehow Recordings later in 2010.
Sadly for the duo, Kate has decided to call it a day as part of Listening Mirror for personal reasons, leaving Jeff to carry forward the project. For one last excursion as the Listening Mirror duo, Jeff and Kate have assembled a two track EP called 'Wet Roads' to commemorate their work. The pieces act as bookends, with 'Wet Roads' being the very first piece of music they recorded together and 'The Organist' being the last.
To some of you, 'The Organist' in particular may feel quite familiar; this could be because a one minute edit was featured on the Audio Gourmet Coffee Break Ambient EP released last year.
Whilst this EP will always serve as space to reflect on how their sound first started out, we can thankfully anticipate a bright future for Listening Mirror as Jeff fully intends to carry forward the project.
The first solo excursion penned for release is to be a 3" cdr EP in an A3 folded poster, recorded as a tribute to the late Throbbing Gristle legend Peter Christopherson.This will be out very soon on Heat Death Records:
A final word from Jeff on this EP: "I'll miss Kate's input, the beauty and talent of which is evident in both of these tracks. We remain good friends, and I wish her the very best in her new adventures."
(Jeff Stonehouse, January 2011)
Suitcase Orchestra (suitcaseorchestra.com
"Listening Mirror are, or rather were, a minimalist duo comprising Jeff Stonehouse and Kate Tustain. I say were as, after working together for just a year, Kate has decided to move on. The Wet Roads EP is a handy bookend release which documents their first recording, Wet Roads and the last they worked on together, The Organist.
Wet Roads follows their debut album RIN, which we reviewed here. The title track is, by Listening Mirror’s standards a sparse and glacial piece; misty drones play out over the echo of human voices and a breathy vocal which sounds like the ghost of a cathedral choir. The Organist on the other hand is a more robust piece, it’s core sound being deeper and more menacing with echoing piano which is reminiscent of a submarine’s sonar. There’s a tension to the track which demands your attention.
Kate may now be departed but Listening Mirror are far from finished."
released 22 February 2011
All music by Jeff Stonehouse and Kate Tustain
Photograph taken by Jeff Stonehouse