Hermitude Release Latest Album Mirror Mountain at Sydney’s Vivid LIVE Festival | Blue Mountains Gazette

They recorded their latest album in a home studio in Blackheath, but electronic duo Hermitude will officially launch the new work at the Sydney Opera House on Thursday 2nd June.

The high-profile concert on a stage jutting out into Sydney Harbor is a highlight of this year’s Vivid Festival, and its live curator, Ben Marshall, couldn’t be more excited.

“I hope people from the Blue Mountains come to Sydney over the next week to see Hermitude own the Opera House and enjoy Vivid Sydney,” he said.

Chart-topping duo of Luke Dubber (Dubs) and Angus Stuart (El Gusto) took a stripped-down approach for Hermitude’s seventh album, mirror Mountain, after returning to Australia from Japan just before COVID-19 closed the country’s borders.

“A couple of weeks later we were settling in at my salon in Blackheath,” Stuart told the group’s official website.

Using equipment brought from their Glebe studio, the musical collaborators went to work in a setting that would be familiar to many Blue Mountains residents.

“The space itself was beautiful…The living room has two double French doors that look out onto native bushland,” said Stuart. “The room curves into the bush and faces north, so it has a lot of light coming in and casting long, slow-moving shadows throughout the day.”

describing mirror mountain as a “love letter to our hometown”, the pair released the album on May 6.

the video of the single, promisesit was also filmed in the Blue Mountains.

Getting the Muses of the Blue Mountains for this year’s Vivid festival was a no-brainer for Ben Marshall, who is also the Sydney Opera House’s Director of Contemporary Music.

“I have loved Hermitude ever since I heard their debut album. Alleys to Valleys while working in the sales department of his record distributor in 2003,” he said.

“Their elegant and beautiful connection of the city with nature really resonated with me and I’ve always kept an eye out for them over the years as their sound developed, and I also get along with and have great respect for their manager (and company).-founder of his label Elefant Traks) Tim Levinson, aka Urthboy.

Sydney Opera House's Director of Contemporary Music and Curator of Vivid LIVE, Ben Marshall.  Image: Daniel Boud

Sydney Opera House’s Director of Contemporary Music and Curator of Vivid LIVE, Ben Marshall. Image: Daniel Boud

“It’s been exciting and wonderful to see them reach new heights over the last few years, and the idea of ​​them blowing up the Northern Broadwalk stage that juts out into the harbor for Vivid LIVE at the Sydney Opera House this year was too good to resist.”

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