Album Review: Pleiades by Mirabilis

Album Name: Pleiades
Artist: Mirabilis
Year/Label: 2004 / Middle Pillar presents

Review by Anna Maria Stjärnell

Summer Bowman of the Machine in the Garden and Dru Allen from This Ascension make up Mirabilis. Their debut is a genre-bending treat. They mix traditional songs with new material and sing in heavenly fashion.

“Weep O Mine Eyes” is a 16th century song sung a A Cappella. The singers’ voices are truly lovely.

“Haunted” is more modern and features some ghostly wailing.

“Libera Me” with words in Latin is like having angels singing directly at you. Bowman and Allen have always sung well but this is something else.

“Invocation of the Sun” has guest Katy Belle on lead vocals and her innocent-sounding voice is a beautiful. Martial drums and excellent programming compliment her singing.

“Scarborough Fair” (yes that one) is presented in a stunning version.

“Ripple” has Regeana Morris of the Changelings singing and is great also. Her singing is splendid.

“Pleiades” is a rare treat of an album.

Posted on August 23, 2004

Track Listing
1. Pleiades
2. In the Dark
3. Weep, O Mine Eyes
4. Moon
5. Haunted
6. Hide Away
7. Libera Me
8. Riu Riu Chiu
9. O Virga ac Diadema
10. Invocation of the Sun
11. Scarborough Fair
12. Tears
13. Ripple
14. Nox Nervosa
15. Mysterium
16. An Epitaph
17. Pleiades (Reprise)

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