05 November 2022 (Los Angeles, Ca) – Mirrorball has unveiled “Tinsel for a Tear”, the anticipated single from their upcoming EP produced by Chris Coady.
Mirrorball reveals new single “Tinsel for a Tear”
“Mirrorball brings together the talents of singer-songwriter Alexandra Johnstone and guitarist Scott Watson, each with musical roots that date back many years in the L.A. indie scene. Johnstone fronted the folk-pop band White Dove; Watson was shredding in indie-rock bands in the pre-Facebook era.” -BuzzbandsLA
Mirrorball is the duo of vocalist Alexandra Johnstone—formerly of White
Dove, enthusiastically reviewed here—and longtime local guitarist Scott
Watson...they’re matching stylishly narcoticized 80s FM AOR production to a
melancholy song about uncertainty and confusion. “-L.A. Record
After releasing their debut dream pop concoctions, ‘This Time’ and ‘Natural World’ on Dangerbird Records in 2019, they caught the ear of Chris Coady (Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Beach House). The trio met at Chris’s studio at Sunset Sound and agreed to record some songs together--"We were stoked."
Their subsequent touring schedule was majorly disrupted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With this came a silver lining, Mirrorball were blessed with time to further cement and fine tune their sound. The result is their latest single, "Tinsel for a Tear." Produced and mixed by Coady, the track was recorded over the course of the pandemic at his studio.
Of the single, Johnstone states "I wrote the lyrics when I was going through the absurdity of New Years' Eve in a rapidly changing Los Angeles.”
Tinsel for a tear is an unapologetic song about becoming disillusioned while holding on to the cracked beauty of old friendships and old hopes. A hectic doomsday romp on a sunny playground if it were a memory. Fleetwood Mac as seen through the multi-facets of a mirror ball. “Panic in the city of night.”
Brought together by the Los Angeles music scene and one fateful Uber ride, California indie-pop duo Mirrorball have forged a sound that’s traditional to the soft rock of their native LA and visited by the echoes of New Wave and Neo-Psychedelia.
Mirrorball’s debut dream pop concoction, ‘This Time’ was released on Dangerbird Records in 2019 and, incidentally, was the first song they wrote together. The song immediately caught the ear of producer Chris Coady (Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs, Beach House), who began to mentor the pair as they entered production on an EP.
Mirrorball, whose alias is composed of songwriting duo Alexandra Johnstone and Scott Watson have curated a sound “between Fleetwood Mac’s best B-sides and Kate Bush at her most celestial” – LA Record. Their indie pop iterations consist of Johnstone’s vocals, which soar and shimmer over Watson’s salient guitar parts, her understated lyricism exploring oddly empowering themes of estrangement.
The duo had separately been releasing music and playing shows in LA for years before teaming up to form Mirrorball--“Johnstone fronted the folk-pop band White Dove; Watson was shredding in indie-rock bands in the pre-Facebook era.”- Buzzbands. Even so, they never crossed paths until the pair met in an Uber ride through Johnstone’s hometown of Sierra Madre.
Although their original release schedule was majorly disrupted by the Covid 19 Pandemic, with this came a silver lining, Mirrorball were blessed with more time to explore new material, resulting in a collection of songs recorded, produced and mixed by Coady. This includes their newest single, "Tinsel for a Tear" which was recorded along with the rest of the EP over the course of the pandemic at his studio. “Tinsel for a Tear” is set to be released on November 4th, 2022.
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