Hermitude’s Mirror Mountain has been all about timing: finding one’s way, a creative spurt coinciding with a global lockdown, to find a new kind of homecoming. There’s no better timing for this album to be ready in store for SPRINGTIME 2022. As a result, the forthcoming album from Hermitude bristles with the energy and spark of a duo who still find things that excite them. The direction for Mirror Mountain began in the middle of the Pollyanarchy tour when the two were in-between shows in New Zealand.
It was one of those songs that fell out of us, says Angus Stuart. That song was St Claire, the album opener: a light, glittering track that pushes the tempo slightly further out of the typical Hermitude bpm range to explore the reaches of house and techno. Angus and Luke Dubber were in Japan when COVID became a stark reality. Just making it back to Australia before the borders closed, they quietly slipped up to Angus’ place just outside of the Blue Mountains town of Blackheath as the rest of the world went into lockdown.