The Mirror Pool is Lisa Gerrard’s first solo album, released by 4AD in 1995 (one year before the release of Spiritchaser, the last work Dead Can Dance issued before disbanding in 1998). Gerrard explained the album title: “If you read about African music, they believe that during the process of making this music that you come into contact with spirits from another plane. They say that this place is like a mirror of the world we live in, […] With the best music, you don’t find the composer or the musicians within the work, you find yourself, your own feelings.”
The album’s repertoire spans seven years, from 1988 to 1995, featuring some of her material not worked into Dead Can Dance albums. Gerrard noted, “There is usually a surplus of work that overlaps the continuous nature of a Dead Can Dance record. Some of these pieces, which were not realized for reason of continuity, have been collected together in the form of largely orchestral-based works and pieces written primarily for ‘voice’ music.”
Glorafin is my choice from this excellent album of instrumental music with Gerrard’s voice being used as an instrument. It has a Middle Eastern flavor to it.