When one thinks about a "mirage", the first thought that likely comes to mind is the illusion of a well-hydrated paradise in the middle of a hot, arid desert. If you could spin that illusion into a full-on fantasy, a 32-bit utopia with a neon soundtrack, you would have the Mirage presented to you by Marcos Miranda & Ivan Redondo, collectively known as Paradise Phantoms.
In musical form, Mirage is deceptively eclectic - A collection of pulsating dance cuts with a pastel glow, rooted in retro funk, but cleverly spiked with rock and streamlined with pop. The result is a project with equal appeal for classic boogie funk fiends and contemporary dance music enthusiasts alike - Mirage could hit hard in Ibiza, yet sounds like it was purified in the waters of Lake Minnetonka. Indeed, one of the album's standout cuts declares with no uncertainty that "Prince Was Right." Uptempo drum machine hits collide with icy FM synths and slick bass grooves as if the year was 1988. Yet, the dynamic arrangements and modern production values remind us that this is brand new music - The type that sounds as if its creators never forgot a childhood spent playing Sega Genesis in a room lined with NPG & Max Headroom posters.
Mirage is also available in a vinyl LP package perfectly suited to the aural treats within - A limited edition picture disc.
released March 20, 2020
--- CREDITS ---
Music Composed, Written, Produced & Performed by Paradise Phantoms (Marcos Miranda & Ivan Redondo)
Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Lyrics & Lead Voice by Marcos Miranda
Keyboards & Electric Guitars by Ivan Redondo
BackVocals in track 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11 by Noelia Marlò
Lead Keyboards in track 3, 6, 11 by Ivan Vazquez Regalado
Talkbox in track 3, 8 & Keyboards in track 11 by Ivan Makvel
Mixed by Paradise Phantoms & Ivan Makvel
Mastered by Ivan Makvel
Artwork by Ivan Redondo
Executive Produced by Ivan Makvel & Paradise Phantoms
Published & Released by The Sleepers Recordz
2020 - Bologna, Italy - TSRZV13