Mirage :: Blood For The Return

Mirage is the “ambient dream-pop” recording project of Robin Nydal, a resident of Los Angeles. That geography seems to have some influence here, especially on “Blood for the Return,” the title track to his 2014 debut. The florid piano, cymbal brushes and forlorn oboe, paired with Nydal’s hushed, echo-y warble, evoke a kind of noir surrealism akin to tales of that city of dreams.

Nydal sings “I was born in the dark” and, indeed, this song exists in the moonlight and dusk, where the sparkle . . .

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