Sons & Daughters - Mirror Mirror (4 stars)

Sons & Daughters - Mirror Mirror

Optimo JD Twitch-produced album takes in goth-rock, sparse electronics and sloganeering post punk

(Domino)

It’s taken Sons & Daughters five years to record their third album, but the result ensures their catalogue remains high-quality and ripe for future (re)discovery. Optimo’s JD Twitch makes his album debut as a producer here, stripping things right back musically and sonically: the opening ‘Silver Spell’ sees Scott Paterson and Adele Bethel duet over a sparse, John Carpenter-like electronic click and hum, while there are hints of goth-rock in ‘The Model’, sloganeering post punk on ‘Don’t Look Now’ and the sharp, sparse rhythms of Liquid Liquid on ‘Bee Song’.

That Twitch’s fingerprints are all over this is a good thing, but once again Bethel’s performance owns the record – witness ‘Ink Free’, sung like she’s working a sex line and punctuated by the blackmail letter click of a typewriter, majestic in its aggressive oddness.

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