Skip Skip Ben Ben is back with their latest long-player Mirror In Mirror, a long swirl down the drain-hole of lucid dream consciousness. All gauze guitar and big-room drums, Mirror In Mirror's sound is vintage '90s dropout rock, backgrounding vocalist Ben Ben's inimitable falsetto rasp. Lyrically, Mirror In Mirror is Ben Ben continuing on her anesthetized trip through emotional id after emotional id, finding meaning in the darkest corners of consciousness then losing it in the light. Redemption as chemical, Faustian trade. As she belts to her self-reflexive subject on "8oul": "I can’t feel my soul / you can keep my soul."
The title track, "Mirror In Mirror", flips the whole thing into a carnival waltz, hurtling along on a slow-motion carousel populated by "things that don't exist, or maybe things that night after night after night can't sleep." The wonky lounge vibes spill over into the next track, "Over", where a lifted Sinatra riff jams its way jaggedly into the somnambulant soundscape, Ben Ben continuing her pitiless narration: "Jane is getting high, she’s not coming back / … / who cares if the sunrise doesn't shine?"
Mirror In Mirror is about solitude and soul, medication and meditation. Ben Ben reaches her most poignant pitch on the album's standout track "Do the R", where she struggles to resolve universal love with the mundanity of the everyday: "You, Me, He and the world are all a single golden line / Quit the boring work, violence inflicted by words, chains built by desire / Why do you want to give up so easily?"
released December 28, 2015
斑斑 skip skip ben ben I Producer, Words & Music ,Vocal , Guitar , Keyboard,Bass,Melodica, Percussion
Jon Du I Producer, Recording Engineer, Mixing, Guitar ( Track 2.9 )
蔡弦剛 Shan-gang Tsai I Drum kit
郭恆 Cohen Guo I Bass ( Track 126.96.36.199.8.9 )
Kevin Mcxviicxci I Art Work
Track 2 part of lyrics and music cover the song 「Feelin' 」by the band Bitter (2009) Track 9 background sound from Italian movie L’Eclisse (1962) by Michelangelo Antonioni and a speech from Bashar in 2012 on Youtube.
Special thank tos Maybe Mars .Hands & Moment Record.Gary Record .Petit Alp Records . Zanne Festival . XP . D-22 .Zoomin' Night . The Wall Live House . Revolver Bar . ADM music studio . APA music studio . Sound Factory . Feitou studio . Jon Du . Chou Yi . Hom Shenhao . Shen Ye . Yang Haisong . Lolly Fan . Yangfan Lee . Budha Terao . Mitsuko Hoshino . John Yingling . Zhou Nairen . Sun Heting . Joshua Frank . Simon Frank . Robyn Chang . Ricky Maymi . Kevin Shield . The Yours . Chiwai Chen . Yuanzhang Tsai (Bitter) . He Min … and you !
Jane is getting high , she’s not coming back
she went to the garden cross by the river like a giant step before
the world got lots of fun
the Jesus will never come
but why take it over , please don’t take it over
who care the sunrise doesn't shine