Yet, I was quite surprised when I started listening to opener 'Heat'. Instead of dark jazz, I was suddenly reminded of acts like Barn Owl and even Master Musicians Of Bukkake. A repetitive tune and psychedelic guitar solos weren't really what I expected. For the record, as big as my surprise was, eventually the track grew one me and after a few listens I'm beginning to understand why this is the intro.
Follower 'All That Jazz, That Makes Her Spin' is a classic dark jazz tune, floating freely through the air, slow and gloomy. Again, there is this repetitive nature, mainly provided by the drums and bass. Besides the usual dark jazz references like Bohren, Dale Cooper and such, there's quite a bit of Red Snapper here too. Even Funky Porcini sometimes appears in my mind while listening to this album, which is great by the way.
Somehow The Orchestra Of Mirrored Reflections found a way to combine typical dark jazz with psychedelic folk music. It gives the genre something extra, a new direction perhaps. They also know perfectly how to obtain the much loved eerie atmosphere, highlighting in the brilliant track 'Wet Forest, Sirens, Night'. This is the stuff that should help the viewer get sucker even deeper into the upcoming sequel of Twin Peaks. David Lynch should definitely check these guys out.
And so should you if you're a dark ambient fan. Bohren might be the slowest, Radare might be the heaviest and Dale Cooper might be the most experimental but The Orchestra Of Mirrored Reflections certainly seems to be the most adventurous. This band take their craft very serious and will stop at nothing to come up with diverse and immersive dark music. If they need electronics, they will add it. If they need piano, it's there.
On the other hand, they also know how to convince in the most minimal tracks on this album, like in 'Le Noir Primavera', which is probably one of my favorite tunes on this already excellent album. There's more great songs on 'Far Drifters' but you'll have to check out those for yourself. All I'm going to say to end this review, is this: the intro still is my least favorite and I even like that one now. The rest of this album is simply magnificent and if you're a dark jazz aficionado, you really should buy this.