Based in NYC, Abel has been an artist and performer for over a decade. His career has taken him around the world and he’s performed with Nile Rodgers, Jimmy Fallon, and the SNL band. He’s graced the stage at Carnegie Hall, has been internationally televised, and has performed at multiple festivals. This most recent release is an authentic look inward and a self-proclaimed “confessional” – inspired by events in Abel’s own life and brought to life in a stunning musical composition.
Mirror Mirror is ethereal electro-pop goodness, sweetened even further by Abel’s delicate and smooth voice (we’re getting all kinds of Sam Smith vibes from his vocals). Inspired – as many good songs are – by a breakup left unresolved, this song tackles the concept of looking back on an ended relationship and understanding that things often end for good reason, even if we are blinded to them by pain and infatuation.
The accompanying video is an excellent addition to the song both artistically and metaphorically, as the fantastic and often psychedelic imagery playing across Abel’s face further drives home the idea of reflecting authentically and knowing that everything is not what it seems.
The lyrics are an enchanting and poetic cherry on top of this gorgeous track. They offer what is clearly a deep dive into Abel’s emotions, and pull out a genuine, honest insight. It’s summed up so concisely in one particular verse:
“But the Eden I remembered
Was never really there
Just a mirage I invented
For truth too hard to bear.”
Beautiful, insightful ballads in this genre are rarer than ever. Treat yourself to the melodious journey through the self that is Mirror Mirror.
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