On March 31, Mirror People (parallel project of Rui Maia of the Porto-based X-Wife) edited their second long-term work, Bring the Light, successor of Voyager released in 2015.
Composed and recorded during the past year, the new work is described by Rui Maia as being “more urban, personal and different from the previous one. In this disc I wanted to approach a more synthetic and strong sound that refers to the more alternative side of the 80’s, without losing the pop sense of the songs. ”
In collaboration with vocalist Jonny Abbey, who also signs the mix, Rui Maia invokes the influence of Stephen King‘s films, the new wave of Human League and Soft Cell, the beginnings of hip hop, the latest synthetic pop of Hot Chip or Prince‘s Minneapolis sound as some of the references to this new work.
In the author’s own words: “In Bring The Light he wanted to go back to the past and portray the future as he was seen at the time. I speak precisely of the 1980s when technology was quite limited and the vision of the future was much more advanced than it is today. The instruments chosen to compose this album were based on this point. The absence of acoustic drums and the use of several synthesizers of the time, were a priority against the vision and solidification of the sonority for this second chapter of Mirror People.
The video of “Crime Scene” was produced by Vasco Mendes, shot in the city of Porto and traces a caricature episode in the life of a detective.