Exposé Online banner

The Revolutionary Army of the Infant Jesus — Mirrors
(Occultation LOGOS7E1052, 1991/2017, LP / CD / DL)

by Henry Schneider, Published 2017-05-05

Mirrors Cover art

With the commercial and critical success of their 2015 release Beauty Will Save the World, their first new album in nearly 20 years, the Revolutionary Army of the Infant Jesus (RAIJ) decided to reissue their 1991 album, Mirror. This elusive Liverpool-based collective defies musical categorization. Mirror was their second album , and it is an eclectic and diverse set of ten songs. In addition, the CD edition contains two bonus tracks from their 1992 EP Liturgie pour la Fin du Temps. The original album release was CD only. Now Occultation is also releasing the first ever vinyl edition. There is a definite resemblance to Dead Can Dance on many of the tracks, as well as their signature blend of ethereal beauty and stark brutality. There are various samples and field recordings integrated into the tracks, including dialog from classic European experimental cinema, medieval Spanish poets, and the dying strains of Albanian and East German propaganda broadcasts. There is a quasi-religious spiritual aspect to the music. “Joy of the Cross” is a beautiful acoustic guitar and vocal piece that could be a hymn. Then the song that claims to be hymn, “Hymn to Dionysus,” is a cacophony of crazed drumming that overpowers the vocals and the rest of the band. “Psalm” is an ambient reverbed cavernous song with ethereal female vocals. Then there is the experimental “Nativity” with the repeated spoken phrase, “wrap the child that we too may worship,” that RAIJ cuts apart and rearranges the words into different phrases. Even though this music definitely defies categorization, it all works wonderfully for a superb sonic excursion. With the resurgence of interest in RAIJ, they have embarked on two new projects: a new album and a proposed multi-media release that will eventually appear on the Occultation label. So stayed tuned.


Filed under: Reissues, 2017 releases, 1991 recordings

Related artist(s): The Revolutionary Army of the Infant Jesus

More info
http://revolutionaryarmyoftheinfantjesus.bandcamp.com/album/mirror

Latest news

2019-03-03
Seaprog 2019 Lineup Almost Complete – The Seaprog festival in Seattle is scheduled for June 7-9 this year, and they've announced their lineup of performers. The revitalized Trettioåriga Kriget will cap Friday night, perennial favorites Marbin are on Saturday, and District 97 will finish off the fest on Sunday night. In support, they've booked a stellar variety of artists from the Northwest and around the world, including EchoTest, Markus Reuter and Trey Gunn, and the live debut of the amazing Troot project. » Read more

2019-02-21
You Can Be Part of an Ambient Electronic Project – The Gesture of History is a new electronic project put together by Sam Rosenthal of Black Tape for a Blue Girl, Steve Roach, and violist Sam Shadow. The music started as an instrumental track Rosenthal was working on for a Black Tape album, but took on a life of its own and demanded further enhancements. The majority of the funds raised will go to manufacturing costs for LP and CD editions, as well as other items as detailed on the Kickstarter page. » Read more

2019-01-31
Keyboardist Ingo Bischof R.I.P. – Keyboard player Ingo Bischof, best known as the longtime keyboard player of German band Kraan, passed away on January 29th, 2019. Bischof was born January 2, 1951 in Berlin-Kreuzberg and joined Kraan in 1975. » Read more

2019-01-11
Jazz Composer Mark Lomax, II Releases Epic 12CD Set – In addition to being a fine jazz drummer, Dr. Mark Lomax, II is a composer in residence at Ohio State University, where he has been very busy on the compositional front. The year 2019 is the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first ship bringing African slaves to North America, and in commemoration of this, Lomax has produced 400: An Afrikan Epic, a 12 volume set of CDs featuring a variety of different musical ensembles. » Read more

2019-01-02
Chicago-Based Surabhi Ensemble Tours the World in January – Surabhi Ensemble was formed more than a decade ago in Chicago with the aim of bringing together musicians from varying traditions to make music. Saraswathi Ranganathan, who plays veena, assembled a cast that includes Arabic oud, Spanish guitar, and percussion from Africa and India. This month, the group will be sharing their sounds with concert-goers in Southeast Asia, Europe, and Africa. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Five Fifteen - Alcohol – Has it really been eight years since Six Dimensions of the Electric Camembert? That was the last full album by this Finnish hard rock band this writer heard, more or less corresponding to their switch...  (2008) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues