Sons and Daughters Return With <i>Mirror, Mirror</i>

BY Gregory AdamsPublished Mar 29, 2011

It's been three years since gloomy Glaswegian rockers Sons and Daughters dropped the polished This Gift, a collection that saw them stray from the minimalist framework of their earlier material. It seems the band took a long look at themselves since then to figure out how to shape their new album, titled Mirror, Mirror, and, in the process, decided to strip things back again.

A press release for the new album, which is due June 14 on Domino, explains that the band re-examined their sound for the set, feeling that they work better using a less-is-more approach.

"We sound better when we're more minimal," said singer/guitarist Scott Paterson in a statement. "We wanted everything on the new album to be necessary, no added fluff, and only recording on 16-track."

The results on Mirror, Mirror are being touted as potentially the darkest batch of tunes Sons and Daughters have come up with. Throughout the disc, singer Adele Bethel "stirs in themes of fairy tales, serial killers and witchcraft, as well as tapping her own inner demons."

"The Model" is a tune about a runway beauty who launches herself off a balcony, while "Axed Actor" touches upon Elisabeth Short (aka the Black Dahlia), an actress that was dismembered back in the '50s. Spooky stuff, for sure.

"We wanted something quite haunting and feminine. With an air of malevolence," Bethel confirmed.

You can check out the troupe's scaled-back sound on the haunting number "Silver Spell" below in the SoundCloud player.

A full tracklisting and cover have yet to be revealed for the set.

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