Whitten and – “how to make a mirror”


A vibrant success from German artist Whitten and, “how to make a mirror” weaves enthusiastic vocal layers and springtime-friendly orchestral flourishes to great effect. The project’s name, “Whitten and,” is such because each release will be with a collaborator. Per the artist, “how to make a mirror” incorporates a poem by “Williams, a shy man I met on an overnight train.” Aesthetically, the contrast between quainter vocal musings and sections with higher orchestral-friendly vibrancy reminds fondly of Zach Condon’s work. The track is fairly concise at just over two minutes, though leaves a stirring impression with its illuminated chamber-pop aesthetic and overall creative flair.

Williams elaborates more on the lyrics/poem: “It’s a reflection on self-reflection. How do we see ourselves? How much do we forget or invent? How much of it is true or important? Is any? And how do they make mirrors?”

“how to make a mirror” and other memorable tracks from this month can also be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of December 2021’ Spotify playlist.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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