Mirrorball released May 4, 2009 on Metamatic Records
Like John Foxx’s recent A Secret Life album with Steve Jansen (ex-Japan), his collaboration with Robin Guthrie was an idea that began when the pair performed at a Harold Budd concert in May 2005. Layers of echoes and reverberations are explored on Mirrorball, so that Guthrie’s unique playing merges with abstract, often improvised vocals—a style which Foxx has explored on his own Cathedral Oceans albums.
Robin Guthrie has scored two movies in recent years—Greg Araki’s Mysterious Skin and the Dany Saadia-directed 3:19. He has recorded instrumental albums Imperial and Continental and also several collaborations with pianist Harold Budd, the most recent being Before The Day Breaks and After The Night Falls in 2007. The former Cocteau Twins guitarist and producer has also performed extensively with his hour-long animated film Lumière, and recently premiered the follow up, Galerie, both films being created as backdrops for his atmospheric, hypnotic guitar-based instrumentals—a style that has been a massive influence on everyone from My Bloody Valentine through to Antony and the Johnsons.
John Foxx has been experimenting as a film-maker (including a pioneering video for L.F.O. and recent performances of his Super 8 project Tiny Colour Movies in Melbourne, London and Barcelona), artist (he has exhibitions this year in London and New York and his images have been used on the covers of books by Anthony Burgess and Salman Rushdie) and musician and he’s now developing a growing international reputation as a writer—last year he headlined a major literature festival where he reads extracts from his as yet unfinished novel The Quiet Man. He is currently working on new material with Paul Daley (Leftfield).