TRACK PREMIERE: MIRRORBALL “NATURAL WORLD”
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Mirrorball is the duo of vocalist Alexandra Johnstone—formerly of White Dove, enthusiastically reviewed here—and longtime local guitarist Scott Watson, and on “Natural World” they’re matching stylishly narcoticized 80s FM AOR production to a melancholy song about uncertainty and confusion. If there’s unexplored territory between Fleetwood Mac’s best b-sides and Kate Bush at her most celestial, that’s where Mirrorball wants to be. Says Johnstone:
“‘Natural World’ is about how life starts to get really weird once you get to a certain age. Old relationships fall apart either through misunderstanding or understanding each other too well. It’s also about losing people to more tragic circumstances and how it feels as if there’s ‘no reason’ good enough for it to have happened. All of a sudden you feel like a creaky ship whose compass and anchor have been lost overboard. You’re in the middle of stormy seas and now you have to figure out how the hell to get anywhere without any of the navigation you used to rely on. You start to make all these resolutions to yourself like, ‘I’m just going to stay home and drink tea and read books and live the quiet life.’ It hasn’t happened yet, but it’s a good dream to have.”
“Natural World” is the B-side to Mirrorball’s Dangerbird Microdose 7″ released last month, which you can get here.