Spires That in the Sunset Rise
'Mirror Cave’

Edition of 300 cassettes w/ offset printed book by Erik Ruin

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Spires That in the Sunset Rise's Mirror Cave is a conceptual album in 8 movements based on Italo Calvino’s short story ‘Sword of the Sun’ interspersed with excerpts from Shinkichi Takahashi’s ‘After-Images: Zen Poems.’ In a face-off with the ego, Palomar (Kathleen Baird) observes, reacts, contemplates, struggles and finally transcends how the “sword” of the sun’s reflection on the ocean always appears to stop exactly at his very own eye. Taralie Peterson represents some other dimension of reality—”the sensation that you are here but could not be here in a world that could not be but is.”

Recorded in spring of 2013, STITSR later connected with Providence based artist Erik Ruin on a colorful 28-page offset printed booklet to accompany the live recording that combines hand-drawn text, ink drawings and scratchboard elements in layered and unexpected ways.

Kathleen Baird – flute, voice and Taralie Peterson – cello, voice