|MH-249 Caural - Mirrors For Eyes
Caural returns with Mirrors For Eyes, his second release for Mush, and the proper follow-up to his last cohesive full-length effort, 2002’s Stars On My Ceiling (Chocolate Industries). Continuing to build tracks of intricate sound splices over daring drum programming, Caural pushes the fine art of headphone music forward, with surprises around every beat. Hrishikesh Hirway, of One AM Radio, Paul Amitai, and Jacob Croegaert add stirringly sweet complimentary vocals to Caural’s already beautiful and melodic production on the tracks “Cold Hands,” “Cruel Fate of Spring,” and "Only Time Will Know," while Chicago MC Racecar, of the group Modill, laces “Lady” with a throwback rhyme in the spirit of Native Tongues. The brilliance of the instrumental passages and the standout guest vocal spots solidify Mirrors For Eyes as Caural’s most fully realized album to date.
|Very moving compositions for easy listening - Exclaim! / Something to luxuriate in - Aiding & Abetting / An accomplished and colorful affair - DJ / This record is pure joy - Okayplayer / Total enjoyable experience - Turntable Lab / Very recommended – Word / Its subtle magic is the manner in which it enchants the listener - Igloo
|Caural has been a steady name in the downtempo scene putting out top notch headphone beats on Chocolate Industries and more recently Mush. In the first moments of the opener "Dead Armies," Caural shows much progress as he lays downs incredible textures and some super-finessed drums. The dreaminess continues with "Re-Experience," which weaves a female vocal in and out of your speakers. Caural still gets down with the drums of death, check the rock breaks of "Hallucination Broadcast." Amidst all the psychedelic beats, Caural's hip-hop influence shines through on "Transition Suite #1" featuring the quiet-cool raps of Racecar or the sublime "I Won't Race You" with its tapped-out drums. He also seems to gather some influence from labelmate Nobody, utilizing soft-psyche aesthetics on the vocal track "Cruel Fate of Spring" and the electronic slash acoustic "Sending You Colors." Total enjoyable experience. - Turntable Lab