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Track taken from the reissue of the RAIJ’s second album from 1991, available for the first time ever on vinyl, plus a new CD reissue featuring two bonus tracks.
Following on from the success of the Revolutionary Army of The Infant Jesus’ (RAIJ) “Beauty Will Save the World” – their first new album in nearly 20 years – Occultation Recordings are delighted to announce that the band’s second album “Mirror” will appear on vinyl for the first time. The 1991 album was originally a CD-only release on Probe Plus, and subsequently reissued in a CD boxed set by European label Infrastition.
“Mirror” is possibly RAIJ’s most diverse and eclectic collection. In addition to their signature blend of ethereal beauty and stark brutalism, the album burrows deep into the European psyche with multiple musical, literary and spiritual allusions. The myriad samples and field recordings on the album include dialogue from classic European experimental cinema, medieval Spanish poets, and the dying strains of Albanian and East German propaganda broadcasts.
Occultation’s decision to re-release Mirror comes after the commercial and critical success of Beauty Will Save the World and a resurgence of interest in the work of the elusive Liverpool-based collective who continue to defy musical categorisation. The album will be released with new artwork featuring a painting by Liverpool-based artist, filmmaker and photographer Paul Mellor. It depicts the opening frame of the film Mirror, by RAIJ’s longstanding muse Andrei Tarkovsky. The album will also be available on CD with two bonus tracks from their 1992 EP “Liturgie pour la Fin du Temps”.
“Thème De L’Homme Qui N’a Pas Cru En Lui-Même” is featured as the current “single of the week” of the radio show L’Attimo Fuggente.