‘For You The Old Women’ by Mirthrandir Resurrected

Uncategorized June 10, 2024

‘For You The Old Women’ by Mirthrandir Resurrected

The recent vinyl reissue of Mirthrandir’s seminal album, ‘For You The Old Women,’ is thrilling news for all progressive rock fans. Released by PQR-Disques plusqueréel, this long-awaited revival brings to light a masterwork that has long dwelt in the shadows of obscurity.

Mirthrandir’s inception stems from a convergence of musical spirits amidst the vibrant milieu of New Jersey. The powerful six-piece lineup consists of Richard Excellente and Alexander Romanelli on guitars, Simon Gannett on keyboards, James Miller on bass and flute, Robert Arace on drums, and John Vislocky III on lead vocals and trumpet. Each member is imbued with their unique musical odysseys, united by a shared ardor for artistic expression.

Influenced by a diverse array of musical luminaries spanning from Lee Michaels to Chick Corea, Mirthrandir became a bastion of experimentalism where the boundaries of conventionality dissolved, and the avant-garde reigned supreme. The band’s ethos, articulated by Vislocky, echoed the zeitgeist of an era characterized by a fervent pursuit of artistic innovation.

‘For You The Old Women’ unveils a sonic tapestry woven with themes of existential contemplation and lyrical mystique. The album’s cryptic title serves as an enigmatic homage to the timeless wisdom of age, resonating with layers of meaning that unfold with each successive listen. Through haunting melodies and enigmatic verses, Mirthrandir invites listeners to traverse realms of imagination and introspection.

The recording process, as recounted by Gannett and Vislocky, epitomizes the band’s resilience and do-it-yourself ethos. Venturing into Vantone Studios with limited resources yet boundless determination, they channeled their collective vision into sonic landscapes that endure as testaments to their ingenuity and authenticity.

Yet, like all ephemeral marvels, Mirthrandir’s saga was but a fleeting moment in the vast expanse of musical history. As Gannett reminisces, the band’s ascent and descent were punctuated by moments of triumph and tribulation, leaving an indelible mark on the hearts of those who bore witness to their sonic odyssey.

The reissue of ‘For You The Old Women’ stands as a testament to Mirthrandir’s enduring musical legacy. Enriched by a bonus CD featuring a rare live performance from 1975 and previously unreleased tracks, this edition offers aficionados a comprehensive immersion into the band’s sonic cosmos.

Accompanied by a meticulously crafted 12-page booklet, adorned with archival photographic material and insights into the band’s narrative, the reissue ensures that Mirthrandir’s legacy endures for generations to come.

Available in a strictly limited pressing of 500 numbered copies across three distinct variants, this reissue heralds a triumphant resurgence of Mirthrandir’s timeless masterpiece. Whether on classic black vinyl, splatter vinyl, or transparent vinyl, this multifaceted offering ensures that enthusiasts and collectors alike can partake in the revival of a musical marvel that transcends the confines of time and space.

Klemen Breznikar

Splatter version (link)
Clear vinyl version (link)
Black version (sold out)

Headline photo: Group shot of Mirthrandir (circa 1974) | Back row, left to right: Simon Gannett, James Miller, John Vislocky. Front row, left to right: Alexander Romanelli, Robert Arace, Richard Excellente

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