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Frames of Teknicolor
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live performance of
The Mirror Reveals, October 11, 1999,
Photos by Frank
|The latest band to emerge
from the esoteric label Middle Pillar Presents is The Mirror
Reveals, consisting of songwriter/lyricist James Babbo and vocalist
Kit Messick. Their music is conceived as a work of art, a broad canvas
where beautiful female vocals and haunting melodies are the paint and dark
emotions are the subject of the piece.
Babbo, one of the founders of the Middle Pillar
Presents label, had worked as a songwriter and singer for various other
bands. For the What
is Eternal compilation, he wrote Let All The Poets' Sing
as The Mirror Reveals, the name being a reference to Galadriel,
the elf queen from JRR Tolkien's Lord of the Rings. The song,
featuring Alexandra Phillips on lead and back up vocals, was a critical
success from many reviews of the comp, prompting a follow up. Alexandra
was unavailable and that was when Kit Messick stepped in.
From 1997-1999 Kit sang for the New York band,
Ashes. Both Kit's and the band's first recorded appearance was
for Middle Pillar's What
Is Eternal comp, just a couple spots away from the band she
would eventually be joining, also giving their debut recording appearance.
After leaving the group, she met Babbo who had
been looking for a new singer. Over the course of 1999, the duo worked
on Frames of Teknicolor. The album draws upon Kit's cabaret
background incorporating a torch song style that effectively uses her sultry
voice to its fullest.
The raw recorded tracks were mixed and sculpted
into their final form by Bryin Dall and Derek Rush of A
Murder of Angels. The result is a dark cinematic space, created
by effects and electronics, and inhabited with warm melodies.
Mark Steiner of the NYC based Piker
Ryan's Folly appears on guest vocals for The Undying Man.
His performance with Kit shines on the fairy tale, which is inspired by
Tolkien's poem, 'Beren and Tinúviel'.