It’s probably not too much of a spoiler to say that people start getting offed pretty quickly in the video for “1/M/T” from LA quartet Mirror Talk. But just who it is doing all the killing, literal, and metaphoric, isn’t exactly clear.
“We sought to craft a tiny love letter to the synth-scored horror films we’d grown up enjoying, stuff by Carpenter, Argento, Kubrick,” guitarist Steven Lopez says. “The composers for those films approached the genre as a sandbox for very progressive and bold statements in electronic music.”
There’s some of that 80’s synth inspiration here, but with an uplifting hook that pushes back against the emotional lyrics.
“As musicians who work largely with synthesizer instruments, those statements and sonic values are important inspirational touchtones. They are specific reference points in our rendition of this song, which we read as a pained, endlessly repeating plea to be reminded of one’s inadequacies. It felt a bit crazy. Almost masochistic.”
As for the story going on in the video, Lopez says, “The narrative is a thing so simple that has been interpreted and twisted endlessly, which is perhaps a testament to it’s enduring timelessness. Does anyone else feel haunted by the possibility — OK, certainty — that something shadowy and potentially devastating is nearing in on you? A crisis of health? Crippling break-up? Death in the family? Don’t you feel that perhaps the way to engage these critical moments is with reciprocal intensity?”
Mirror Talk perform at the Echo Park Rising Festival in LA on August 15.