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Mirror Mirror

by Caira Paravel

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Every so often, the cosmos graces us with a chanteuse in possession of otherworldly inflections. Can you remember the first time Vashti Bunyan’s lilting voice kissed your ears? Or the moment when you knew that you needed Linda Perhacs’ Parallelograms to resonate inside your home? Did you feel a lightness in your heart when Elisa Randazzo brought Bridget St John back into the fold? Have you ever sat spellbound in the presence of a Meg Baird performance? Did the hair on your arms stand on end upon your introduction to Sandy Denny’s Fotheringay?

If you can answer, “Yes” to any of these questions, Caira Paravel’s debut album Mirror Mirror awaits you. It is a garden of canticles, seeded from the spores of song banks, rich with history and lore. Her rendition of “Winds In The East” from the 1964 soundtrack to Mary Poppins sets a spritely tone before her honeyed timbre mingles with a Mellotron on a resplendent rendition of Lal & Mike Waterson’s “Fine Horseman.” Paravel’s timeless take on Arthur Lee’s “Andmoreagain” is so gorgeous, it would sit well alongside Fairport Convention’s 1970 performance at Maidstone. She turns Donovan’s “Lord of the Reedy River” into a bewitching ballad, replete with spry flute notes that dance around like butterflies before inviting sitars and chimes into the layered tapestries of Joan Baez’s “The Magic Wood.”

Both the powerful title-track and the kaleidoscopic “Love Bird” were written by San Francisco musician/composer/producer Walker Phillips, who also recorded and mixed Mirror Mirror on analog tape, after it was tracked in a small cabin nestled in the Mendocino woods of Northern California. The Incredible String Band once advised us to be glad, for the song has no ending. With that in mind, Mirror Mirror is the kind of rare gem that you’ll want to spin on an infinite loop. Or at least until Paravel graces us with a second album.

-Eric Shea

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released December 21, 2018

Produced by Walker Phillips

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Caira Paravel San Francisco, California

Caira Paravel is a writer, artist and musician living in San Francisco. Paravel recently completed her debut album, Mirror Mirror, working alongside SF musician/composer/producer Walker Phillips, who presents Paravel’s crystalline voice against arrangements which encompass musique concrete, medieval, gospel, 60s psychedelia, and more...using only analog tape. ... more

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Track Name: Mirror Mirror
Come, mother, and sit you down by me
Come, father, and pity my case
Oh, the winds they howl in the graveyard
and the rats run 'round in a race
I am but a child of your orphanage
I'm a flood with a face
Oh mirror, mirror

Your words, they all have two meanings
I read them through rose-coloured glass
Your stories all have two beginnings
And they're only my stories, besides
How I wish you could see what I'm seeing
But, your eyes are my eyes
Oh mirror, mirror

Last night I was laying in slumber
A-sleeping soft in my bed
And that wind that howls in the graveyard
Came whistling into my head
How I long to be pure and golden
Raise me up from the dead!
Oh mirror, mirror
Track Name: Love Bird
Bluebird I hear you sing, softly
In the morning
You sing of Fairytales
Lovebird I see your mind, smiling
Fair upon fair, and golden hair

Child of the rivers and streams, flowing
To the seashore
There where your mind is free
Lovebird I'll meet you there, you will find me
Where the every-night dances upon the sea

Many were the faces I saw, watching
And all to know
Where such wonders grow
Lovebird I know you well, can you hear me?
He took my hand
He took my heart from me