With track names like “Caravan” and “Silk Road,” the reader is already piecing together an abstract of the first half: restless, ornate, eastern in scent. That guess will get you pretty close, although there is a strong electronic pulse, here, too: a whimsical side that offers a Tenori-On riff in the same breath as a tabla drum beat. But more remarkable is the project’s ability to shed old skin so unceremoniously. Northern (January 2011) was noisy and mental. Verdant (October 2010), unrelenting and tribal.
During the second act we share an elevator ride with a madman (“Garden”), and count constellations with the shamans (“Red Smoke Orange Haze”). Mirador is a consistent favorite here at TMIM: flavorful, smart, and somewhat overlooked. Take a glance at the links below.